North West, the eldest child between Kim Kardashian and Kanye “Ye” West, followed suit and dressed as the one-and-only King of Pop for the late-October holiday.
However, North’s Michael Jackson costume didn’t include your standard faux leather jacket and singular glove, as the 9-year-old’s get-up included the actual hat that the late performer wore during his “Smooth Criminal” music video.
People on Twitter weren’t exactly gung-ho about the costume, though, as some users argued that the 9-year-old wouldn’t recognize the significance of the hat she was wearing for a mere Halloween get-up; as such, individuals suspected that Kardashian was the one behind the lewk, and she was slammed online.
Now why the hell did Kim K need to give North West, Michael Jackson’s actual hat for Halloween. I swear half the people she dressed the kids up as don’t even know who they are dressing as smh. Let kids be kids and PICK THEIR OWN COSTUMES!
— ✨GOT DA SCOOP✨ (@GotDaScoop) October 30, 2022
I don’t get why Michael Jackson’s original smooth criminal jacket and hat was put for sale and given to Kim’s daughter North. That stuff should be in a museum or in the hands of his family. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t care about the legacy of Michael whatsoever smh
— K•E•N🇭🇹👑♑️ (@mpagenparey) October 30, 2022
North getting Michael Jackson’s things to dress up don’t sit right with me. Girl barely know who he is. Atp Kim do anything for attention
— ヨルダン (@shortcake3s) October 31, 2022
Others referenced how she notoriously donned Marilyn Monroe’s dress for the 2022 MET Gala and suggested that a trend appears to be emerging.
north wearing michael jackson’s literal hat is giving marilyn monroe dress vibes and once again, i do not like it
— madi (@justmadi_) October 30, 2022
Why is Kim Kardashian so obsessed with wearing archival pieces from dead icons? First it was her wearing that Marilyn Monroe dress, now she has North wearing Micheal Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ hat for Halloween. This family is so obsessive and weird! Let the dead rest!
— RO ALMIGHTY ✨🇯🇲 (@_romeko) October 30, 2022
Kim kardashian loves deceased people’s belongings it was the marylin Monroe dress for me but north wear micheal Jackson ACTUAL HAT HE WORE IN SMOOTH CRIMINAL is insane to me that little girl don’t even know who that man is 😩😩😩😩😩🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️
— Mari ✨ (@Marinykole) October 31, 2022
It was also pointed out that such pieces should be with Jackson’s descendants or placed in a museum rather than at a children’s Halloween party.
It’s 10am and im still tryna figure out why the hell Micheal Jackson’s hat isn’t in a museum, but on Norths head… ?
— Z.💋 (@___zhanelove) October 31, 2022
In fact, some went as far as to call the situation “disturbing” and “creepy.”
Why was North West running around with Michael Jackson’s actual Smooth Criminal hat? That is not a flex, it’s just creepy.
— FREE BRITTNEY GRINER (@_CoolStoryCori_) October 30, 2022
kim made north wear michael jackson’s smooth criminal hat to a costume party!!!!????? disgusting i swear.
— mun (@eversincenyrk) October 31, 2022
North West wearing Michael Jackson’s hat is very disturbing to me.
— Griselda Blanco 🕉♍️🇭🇹 (@KdashBankz) October 31, 2022
We should add that this hat situation comes about three years after Kardashian made headlines for buying her eldest child a jacket that Michael Jackson owned back in the day.
Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that MJ isn’t the only star who North dressed up as this year, as her mother uploaded a photo showing her channeling Aaliyah alongside her siblings, who were dressed as other noteworthy musicians.
She also showed her and some friends enjoying a Halloween photoshoot themed after TLC’s “No Scrubs” music video.
However, ahead of a Halloween party, North decided to ditch these celebrity-based costumes in favor of one that was a bit scarier.
What do you think about North West’s different Halloween costumes, and do you agree with the outrage surrounding her using Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” hat?