Topical costumes are always a big hit on October 31, but these James Holmes Halloween masks might cross the line.
ABC reports that an eBay seller recently put up a custom rubber Halloween masks of James Holmes, the man who was arrested earlier this year for shooting several people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, for sale on the auction site. eBay has removed the listing.
The company said in a statement:
“The listing was removed because it did not comply with our Offensive Materials policy. Out of respect for victims of violent crimes, eBay does not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering.”
Twelve people were killed during the Aurora movie theater shootings and more than 50 more were injured.
The eBay listing read:
“SHOCK EVERYONE YOU KNOW! There is nothing more scary than crawling into James Holmes mind and wearing his face. His ‘soul penetrating eyes’ and ‘The Joker’ orange hair makes this mask the most disturbing object you will ever own. Imagine owning the mask of supposedly the most dangerous mass murderer in US history.”
The seller, realface13, claimed that the mask was won at a poker tournament in Europe. The seller was asking for at least $500 for the mask.
What do you think about the James Holmes Halloween Mask? Was eBay right to pull the auction?
Josh Nolan, an Iraq war veteran who was injured in the shooting, told ABC:
“Are you kidding me? That just took the cake right there. I’m too upset to think about it.”