This Kim Kardashian Halloween costume did not go down well with potential buyers.
And you can probably guess why. The costume, which draws inspiration from Kim Kardashian’s recent experience at a Paris hotel where she was bound and gagged before being robbed off of jewelry worth millions of dollars, was being marketed online by a Southern-California based costume retailer, Costumeish. Called the “Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume Kit” on the site, the costume consisted of a long black wig, white robe, sunglasses, a gag, a rope and a ring. It was not Kim’s, obviously.
The description for the Halloween costume, which was being sold for $69.99, referred to Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery quite explicitly, although her name was not mentioned.
“She devoted her life to promoting American decadence, youth, and hedonism but all that flashy living caught up with her one night in Paris when armed men bound her, stole her jewelry and her peace of mind. 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’ Costume.”
But the costume was the subject of an intense social media backlash and reviewers were scathing in their criticism of the company’s policy to use someone’s misfortune to rake in money during the festive season, according to the Washington Post.
People also pointed out that the Kim Kardashian Halloween costume was encouraging anti-female attitudes and rape culture.
“Here is yet another example of people blaming women for being victims. 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 traumatizing. 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.”
Twitter was unrelenting too.
Sure enough, after Costumeish received intense backlash for the distasteful costume, the company pulled it out and apologized for putting it up on sale. However, the vice president of the brand, Johnathon Weeks, told BuzzFeed News that he was disappointed that people failed to see the implicit humor.
“I’m sad that people are offended by it, but it is Halloween. It’s one day out of the year. 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.
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.”
This is not the first time that Costumeish has found itself embroiled in controversies for promoting contentious outfits. Last year, when America was seething with anger after a dentist named Walter Palmer had shot Cecil the Lion to death, the company had introduced its “Lion Killer Dentist Halloween Costume,” which came complete with a bloody smock and gloves and a severed lion’s head.
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, who is generally quick to comment on such developments, has remained uncharacteristically silent over the whole affair. Since she was robbed in Paris, the reality TV star has attempted to avoid further public glare and has largely kept to herself. Kim’s sister, Khloé Kardashian, recently visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show and mentioned that she is not doing well at all after the robbery.
“[Kim’s] not doing that well,” she told Ellen. “I mean, it’s incredibly traumatic what happened to her. But our family is super close and great and we’ll get through it together, and we do appreciate all of your guys’ love and support and it will take time. You know, it was horrible what happened to her.”
The Kim Kardashian Halloween costume would not have made her feel any better either.
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