Online costume stores have started stocking some pretty offensive Caitlyn Jenner outfits for Halloween, and people are not happy about it.
Every year, there’s always someone who dresses in a ridiculously bad taste costume and thinks they are hilarious. Well, as you may have guessed, trans celebrity Caitlyn Jenner is a pretty popular costume choice this season – considering her year in the spotlight.
Several costume stores have produced Caitlyn Jenner costumes that replicate the Olympian’s famous Vanity Fair photoshoot – and they are awful.
AnytimeCostumes.com are one of the worst offenders.
The image has now been removed from the store and replaced with an “image not available banner”, and the costume is completely out of stock. It is unknown if the store will be getting in more costumes.
Spirit Halloween is also stocking a Caitlyn costume, and various Caitlyn accessories.
LGBT activist group, AllOut, released a statement aimed at Spirit Halloween calling for it to be taken down from the store.
It reads, “The biggest Halloween shop in the U.S. wants to sell a costume that makes fun of transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner. Halloween is supposed to be fun. But Spirit Halloween is encouraging thousands of party-goers to mock trans people with this costume. Not so fun anymore.
“Caitlyn’s high profile transition gave millions of people a more sensitive understanding of what it means to be trans. But prejudice and violence against transgender people are still rampant. And by selling a Caitlyn costume, Spirit Halloween will be cashing in on this bigotry.”
However, neither store have budged.
The company stood by their decision to stock the costume and release their own statement on their Facebook page.
“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes,” said Lisa Barr, senior director of marking at Spirit Halloween. “We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that.”
AllOut have started a petition to get the costume taken off their website. So far it has over 23,000 signatures.
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