Parents outraged over costume depicting ‘shot teenagers’ sold in England

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(from Asda website)

A costume being sold at stores in England is sparking outrage among parent who are demanding the company remove the item from sales.

According to The Daily Mail, the grocery and clothing store Asda is selling two costumes – a football player and a cheerleader – splattered with fake blood and ripped.

The Daily Mail says the costumes are designed for children as young as 9.

On the website Change.org, the mother, Sheila Pinney wrote, ‘I was actually left speechless when I saw the costumes …”

She says her 4-year-old say them as asked what they were.

“He is familiar with ghosts, skeletons and the usual Halloween imagery, and I actually couldn’t form the words to explain what they were, as how can you tell a 4-year old that he is looking at costumes depicting “shot teenagers”?’” she wrote.

She also noted the image from the website is similar to what she say in the store, but a bullet-style pattern is much more obvious on the costumes sold in store.”

A spokesman for the store said: ‘We appreciate that it isn’t for everyone but the majority of our customers love dressing up at Halloween, especially in spooky or gory costumes which inevitably can include fake blood.’

 

 

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