Ecuadorean president, Rafael Correa, called on the people of Ecuador to reject Halloween because the holiday encourages consumerism. He used the day of free candy for kids to hurl a softball insult toward America and other English-speaking countries saying that the holiday “has been deformed by consumerism, including in the United States.”
Correa has been trying (though, sometimes questionably) to do what’s best for the people of Ecuador since being elected in 2006, but to use Halloween, of all holidays, as another excuse to single out America as the perpetrator of consumer evil seems like a reach and a cheap tactic to rally the people of your country against something rather than for something. America has been guilty of economically ravaging Ecuador throughout recent history, but this kind of rhetoric on Halloween?!?
Correa calls himself a Christian leftest, so it will be interesting what he has to say later this year as that holiday with the guy who sneaks down chimneys draws nearer.