Online retailer HalloweenCostumes.com has removed a Anne Frank Halloween costume following social media complaints calling it “disgusting” and “offensive.”
Using Anne Frank as a costume is unholy, disgusting, offensive, and disrespectful to Frank’s memory.
— Doomy Korcz (@dannykorcz) October 17, 2017
The popular website Halloween Costumes is selling an Anne Frank costume for kids. WTF? pic.twitter.com/cqKQ9UlIge
— Daniel Arenson (@DanielArenson) October 15, 2017
THE WORLD IS A MERRY CARNIVAL OF HORROR https://t.co/bVED1TDZni
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) October 16, 2017
Today, some store pulled an Anne Frank Halloween costume. Why would anyone think that it would be appropriate to have a child trick or treat
— debraj1121 (@debraj112) October 16, 2017
— Jerod MacDonald-Evoy (@JerodMacEvoy) October 15, 2017
There r better ways 2 commemorate Anne Frank. This is not one. We should not trivialize her memory as a costume.
— carlosgeADL (@carlosgeADL) October 16, 2017
The company, which described the costume as “inspirational,” calls Frank a World War II hero. However, Alexandra DeVitt, a spokesperson for the Anne Frank Center, told Fox News that “there are more appropriate ways to commemorate the legacy of Anne Frank than through a Halloween costume, which is offensive and trivializes her suffering and the suffering of millions during the Holocaust.” She added, “We are pleased that the costume has been pulled.”
Ross Walker Smith, a public relations specialist for HalloweenCostumes.com has addressed the criticism on Twitter. He apologized on behalf of the website for “any offense it has caused.”
“We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays,” Walker Smith wrote. “We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time.”
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