Mock Kardashian this Halloween
description says. “This Halloween have some fun with pop culture and dress just like the queen of social media with our sensational ‘Parisian Heist Robbery Victim’ costume.” The retailer’s attempt at keeping up with Kardashian attracted criticism from some online reviewers, who called it “a mockery” and said it was “promoting rape and antifemale culture”.
“Here is yet another example of people blaming women for being victims,” one person wrote on Costumeish. com. “Many men wear expensive watches, necklaces, etc and robbing them is still considered a crime. Treat it as such. Having a gun put to your head by multiple men while you fear that they may rape you is traumatising.
“I’m pretty sure that the poor human being can’t forget any second of the attack and here you are using her scarring events to make money. This is disgusting. It is not funny.”
On social media, the company was scorned for trying to profit off Kardashian’s misfortune.
Johnathon Weeks, vicepresident of Costumeish, told Buzzfeed News he was upset that critics were not seeing the humour. “Halloween should be a light-hearted, spirited party, and people should be able to laugh at it and think it’s funny.
“We haven’t sold any yet, if that matters,” he said.
Weeks added: “If people find it tasteless or they are offended by it, it’s Halloween.
“Maybe you should just shut your life out and not go outside.”
Last year, the company introduced a Lion Killer Dentist Halloween Costume (a reference to the dentist hunter who upset animal lovers when he killed a famous lion in Zimbabwe), which came with a bloody smock and gloves and a severed lion’s head, according to Time.
“Just like with many of the other costumes, like the Ebola or the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge costumes, we see the trend from users,” Weeks said.
“Halloween is a really tricky day, and you see some of the costumes come about and it’s almost like desensitising things.”
This year, Costumeish is selling several in-the-news get-ups – including a Donald the Wall Builder Halloween Costume. That one depicts Donald Trump in a red-brick suit, with an American flag.
Another Trump-themed costume portrays the Republican presidential candidate as a Mexican-style taco. “A taco truck on every corner in America!” the description states.
Supporters said creative mockery was exactly the point.
“Finally something for all of us who are sick of having a certain family pushed forcefully down our throats,” a reviewer wrote. – Washington Post