Walmart Yanks Osama bin Laden Costume

Osama Costume

Walmart is pulling an Osama bin Laden costume from their shelves after receiving complaints from the Sikh community. Well there goes my Halloween costume idea…

The Sikh Coalition said the turban-themed costume was offensive to 9/11 victims and perpetuates “negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities.”

“If you lost a loved one during the 9/11 attacks or during our nation’s war against Al Qaeda, or if someone attacked your father in a hate crime because he wears a turban, I doubt this costume would make you comfortable,” said Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition.

Although the Sikh advocacy organization went on a letter writing rampage to numerous retailers, they didn’t get through to all of them. The costume, manufactured by Fun World, is still available at other fine retailers such as Sears and Rite Aid.

But who would want to dress up as Osama bin Laden anyways? Bin Laden is sooo 2011. Why not try another one of America’s enemies? There’s certainly no shortage!

Potential costume ideas: Bashar al-Assad, Edward Snowden, Al-Shebaab Mall Attackers, President Obama… and the list goes on!

Naughty LeopardBut if you’re thinking about going the “sexy cat” route for Halloween, you may be out of luck if you shop at Walmart. The superstore has also removed a “Naughty Leopard” Halloween costume from its shelves after people complained it was too sexual. Note: the costume was for toddlers.

Via: The Huffington Post

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