The costume company recently called out for its “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume is under fire once again.
Lingerie brand Yandy, which also sells Halloween costumes, has 43 outfits categorized on its website under “sexy Native American” and “sexy Indian” costumes. People on Twitter urged the brand this week to stop selling the costumes, calling them “disgusting,” “racist,” and “highly offensive.”
These calls came less than a week after Yandy announced that it was pulling the “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume — complete with the infamous red cape and white bonnet — from its site following similar backlash online. The company said in a statement that its “corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that Yandy removed a costume depicting fictional characters while continuing to sell “cultural” costumes that have been repeatedly criticized. Yandy has not publicly responded to the #CancelYandy hashtag, and the lingerie brand did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment. As of Monday morning, the costumes were still for sale online.
Native American costumes have long been called out for cultural appropriation, and just last year fashion designer Siran Manoukian and influencer Tommy Chiabra were criticized online for wearing them at a costume party.
Though some Halloween costumes are meant to have a shock factor, those using the #CancelYandy hashtag argue that the “blatant sexualization and dehumanization” of Native Americans shouldn’t be tolerated under any circumstances.
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