Costume companies aren’t known for their sensitivity — just look at last week’s offensive Halloween costume: the tranny granny — so it isn’t all that shocking that Kim Kardashian’s recent Paris robbery has inspired the latest controversial Halloween look.
The Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume Kit, which was available through Costumeish, was pulled following widespread outrage on social media and on the retailer’s site. The set came complete with a fake $4 million ring, a gag, a short white “sexy robe,” a long black wig, big sunglasses and a two-foot rope.
“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 company wrote in the product description, making light of a serious situation a tad bit too soon. “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.”
And before people start jumping to their defense by saying they aren’t blatantly making fun of the Kardashian sister, as she isn’t even named, just look at the URL for proof: kim-heist-parisian-robbery-victim-costume
The $69.99 kit upset a lot of people.
“This is absolutely disgusting!” wrote one shopper in a review. “She is a wife, a mother, a sister, and most importantly a human being. Yes Halloween is a time to dress up and have fun but not at the expense of another person’s tragedy!” Another added, “Congratulations on losing several customers with this tasteless piece.”
Some called for a boycott of the costume website. “This is an awful ‘Halloween costume,’” said one of 17 pages worth of reviewers. “This woman went through a terrifying experience you think it’s okay to make a joke out of it. You have degraded her and the any other victim of such a crime and made light of such a serious crime that has left this woman traumatized. You should be utterly ashamed to bring such an offensive item to market.”
Others took to Twitter to express their distaste:
A costume company released a Kim Kardashian ‘Getting Robbed’ outfit for Halloween. This is so disgusting. How could anyone do this? pic.twitter.com/oKyPQhezBP
— Nancy Hanes (@MamaHanes) October 10, 2016
That Kim Kardashian robbery Halloween costume is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in my fucking life.
— Chaneade. (@Chaneadeee) October 11, 2016
plllleeeease let me catch you in the kim kardashian robbery halloween costume your life will end on october 31st
— polite millionaire (@briannaocs) October 11, 2016
Costumeish vice president Johnathon Weeks said this is the first time the company has removed an item from its site (the company has sold various other offensive costumes in the past including the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, Rob Ford, and others). “It’ll make people either cringe or laugh,” Weeks told TIME. “I don’t want to make light of a serious situation. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. No one really deserves to go through what she did. We’re not mocking her.”