An Anne Frank-themed Halloween costume has been pulled from at least one retailer after receiving criticism online.
HalloweenCostumes.com previously had a listing for an “Anne Frank costume for girls,” featuring a green beret, a blue dress and a brown satchel.
“World War II shook the world in a way that no one could have foreseen,” the product description read, according to screenshots shared on Twitter. “It showed us what true and mettle were. It also created some unexpected heroes, where even a young girl like Anne Frank with nothing but a diary and hope could become an inspiration to us all.”
In response to an online complaint, a spokesperson for Fun.com, the costume retailer’s parent site, said the costume had been removed from its listings.
“We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays,” Ross Walker Smith said on Twitter. “We offer several types of historically accurate costumes — from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters.”
“We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time,” he continued. “We apologize for any offense it has caused, as that’s never our intention.”
Halloween costumes frequently come under fire for being insensitive or offensive. In the past few weeks, social media users have taken aim at an adult costume modeled after a 12-year-old “Stranger Things” character and a joke version of Trump’s border wall.
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