The twin towers costumes chosen for Halloween by two college students has infuriated a lot of 9/11 families.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a Trayvon Martin Halloween costume using blackface was called racist.
The US is still very sensitive about the devastating loss experienced on 9/11 to the point that a recent Boston fire drill was widely condemned because it was scheduled for the 9/11/13, twelve years later.
In this offense, the two college students chose to go as burning twin towers, and apparently even won a costume contest in Chester, England. This monument of bad taste appeared to be homemade and was complete with fire, burning planes, and little people falling to their deaths. The ensemble was topped with American flags coming out of smoke cloud hats.
The offensive pair did apologize, saying the costumes were a joke that was never meant to offend anyone. But one woman whose husband was lost on 9/11 says she plans to contact the girl’s school to demand apologies. Other families who lost loved ones that day speak out against the utter lack of sensitivity shown by the girls choice of twin towers costume.
Patricia Bingley,who lost her son said:
“It’s hard to understand where they’ve come from to do this.”
Even one of the girl’s fathers, Martin Langford, a retired pilot who was working for United Express on 9/11, expressed his displeasure over his daughter’s choice of costume:
“I didn’t know anything about it, but I’m not happy at all, she knows I’m a pilot and that’s not cool at all. We will be having a little chat, I think.”
Liz Gilligan, whose lost husband Ron in the attack, said:
“I can’t begin to tell you how angry and disgusted I am. These girls and Rosie’s need to be made aware that 9/11 was very real and while it was 3,000 miles away, it affected people on their doorstep.”
Even fellow clubber George Borsberry was pretty disgusted, but also blames the club for encouraging it:
“I was completely outraged, not only were they labelled the ‘best dressed,’ but they were also given £150 to dress up in this way and mock the victims and the families of the victims. We asked to see the manager to complain and was turned down due to him being ‘too busy’ to see us. After waiting two and a half hours to see the person who decided this dreadful winner all we got was, ‘Sorry but it was a good costume.'”
The club’s Facebook page was also filled with some blowback. For example, Ashley Goodall wrote:
“That’s not even Halloween that’s just a very bad joke, not like you’d walk around America like that.”
Millie Robinson said:
“Can not actually believe that some people went as the Twin Towers blowing up on Halloween.”
John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation which supports 9/11 families, said:
“The insensitivity level for this act of ignorance is topped by none. As for the nightclub who allowed it, sponsored it and endorsed it, shame on you.”
The University of Chester and Chester Students’ Union said in a statement:
“We utterly condemn the appalling photos Both organisations have begun an urgent investigation with a view to taking the necessary action.”
The 9/11 attack killed 2,996 people, including 67 Britons. So apparently the girls’ lack of sensitivity crosses borders.
So what’s worse, the fact that the girls dressed up in twin towers costumes, or that they actually won best costume?