The words “Ebola” and “sexy” most likely have never been written or spoken together in a single sentence. Until now. Leave it to the makers of Halloween costumes — as well as internet pranksters and trolls — to combine the concepts of a horrific disease that has now stricken more than 10,000 people and killed almost half of them with sexy women.
A viral image of what purports to be a “Sexy Ebola Nurse” costume has been circulating online since Saturday. According to the alleged advertisement, the costume — which given the amount of skin exposed by the model in the ad would do little to protect against the Ebola virus — sells for £45, which would be about 70 bucks in American money, and notes helpfully that “this item is not suitable for protection against hazardous materials.”
The sexy Ebola nurse ad provoked an understandably appalled reaction on Twitter.
I just saw an ad for a “sexy Ebola nurse” costume. Internet, this is why you can’t have nice things.
— C.J. Redwine (@cjredwine) October 26, 2014
The only problem with this sexy Ebola costume is that it’s a hoax. Someone thought it would be funny to update a photo posted around this time last year for “sexy” costume based on the TV series Breaking Bad. The characters in that show, about drug dealers, often wore yellow hazardous materials protection suits while manufacturing high-grade methamphetamine.
But wait — one sexy Ebola costume was a phony, but a second one appears to be 100 percent real — as far as internet amateur detectives have so far been able to determine.
Advertised by the internet sales outlet BrandsOnLine, the “Sexy Ebola Containment Suit” depicts a model with her legs and tattooed arms exposed — again, defeating the purpose of protecting against the spread of Ebola — wearing a facial visor in a Halloween Ebola costume priced at $59.99.
The yellow boots, however are sold separately and will run you an additional $49.99. The company advertises the “Sexy Ebola” costume as part of a “couples” set. But the men’s model is not advertised as “sexy” and in fact, looks more or less like an actual hazmat protection suit.
“As the deadly Ebola virus trickles its way through the United States, fighting its disease is no reason to compromise style,” read the ad copy on the BrandsOnLine site. “The short dress and chic gas mask will be the talk of Milan, London, Paris, and New York as the world’s fashionistas seek global solutions to hazmat couture.”
Halloween always seems to be a time for bringing out the most tasteless aspects of what passes for humor with some people. A nightclub in London is reportedly planning a “Saturday Night Ebola Fever” Halloween party, which presumably would be a good place to wear a sexy Ebola costume, if you’re into that sort of thing.