A Halloween costume depicting reality television star Kim Kardashian horrified social media users, who claimed that the idea behind such as costume was offensive. The manufacturers were forced to take the costume off their shelves after a social media onslaught.
Although the costume doesn’t name the star, it features her lookalike dressed in a white robe, sporting a giant ring, just what she was wearing when she was robbed in Paris.
Kardashian was tied up by gun-wielding robbers who broke into her hotel flat. The robbers made off with jewellery worth about $10 million dollars (approximately Rs 66 crore), including a sparkler that she displayed on her
Snapchat account before the heist.
The costume description said: “She has 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.”
The $70 outfit also featured a black wig, black sunglasses, a fake gag and a length of rope.
Johnathon Weeks, founder of online retailer Costumeish, told Time Magazine that Kardashian West was not mentioned by name for legal reasons. “It’ll make people either cringe or laugh,” he said, adding that the outfit was intended to provoke a strong response from customers.
Following a social media outcry, the company’s Twitter account announced on that Tuesday the costume had been pulled and apologised if it “offended anyone”.