A simple halloween costume just made the collective internet community a very, very happy place.
13-year-old Casey Pearlman is Jewish and her best friend Yasmin Idris, also 13, is Muslim. Together, they decided to dress up as a superhero team called “The Juslims” for Halloween. They donned capes with the initials JM written in glitter on the back, along with bright yellow t-shirts that read: “Don’t worry, it’s not religious, it’s not offensive,” to ensure they didn’t break any of their school’s rules.
Casey’s father, Jeff Pearlman, tweeted out a picture of the two in their superhero costumes, writing: “My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween they created a superhero team: The Juslims. I’ve rarely been more proud. Truly.”
My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween they created a superhero team: The Juslims. I’ve rarely been more proud. Truly. pic.twitter.com/zqPCCwzshR— jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) October 30, 2016
That tweet has since gone viral, garnering nearly 50,000 retweets, 91,000 likes and a whole lot of happy commenters.
“Parenting done right!”
Parenting done right! https://t.co/1M4HsM8oyP— Alaa Basatneh (@AlaaBasatneh) October 31, 2016
“A true definition of girl power! ? #respect”
@jeffpearlman @BntA7mad A true definition of girl power! ? #respect— IKEA UAE (@IKEAUAE) October 31, 2016
“faith in humanity. Restored. #TeamJuslims”
@jeffpearlman @jk_rowling faith in humanity. Restored. #TeamJuslims ✌?️❤️— Alison AB (@AlisonBousa) October 31, 2016
Pearlman credits the current political climate for all the positive feedback his daughter and her best friend have been receiving.
“There’s been this tidal wave of anti-everything,” he said in a phone interview. “There’s been a palpable feeling of hatred this election cycle that I’ve never seen in my lifetime.”
Their costume, he explained, serves as a small reminder that all of that negativity is just “nonsense.”
“It’s so simplistic. Two kids in a halloween costume. They weren’t trying to send a message, they weren’t trying to be political. They were just two kids who thought it was a funny costume,” he said. “That’s kind of the innocent beauty of it all.”
This story "These Jewish and Muslim Best Friends Go Viral as ‘Juslim’ Superheroes for Halloween" was written by Thea Glassman.