Anne Frank Halloween costume removed from stores after sparking controversy
Online retailers are removing An “Anne Frank costume for girls” being sold on online Halloween costume stores after facing an angry backlash.
Nevertheless, some shops try to find the educational role of the costume of the teenage Holocaust victim, saying: “We can always learn from the struggles of history!”.
"Now your child can play the role of a World War Two hero," the original description reads. "It comes with a blue button-up dress, reminiscent of the kind of clothing that might be worn by a young girl", it adds.
Web users however can hardly recognize any educational role of the costume, calling not to trivialize “her memory as a costume”.
Besides, images shared on social media reveal that the costume was initially advertised as a Halloween Costumes with a description "WW2 Anne Frank Girls Costume".
People have been sharing their indignation by the fact that such a symbolic figure is used by fancy dress companies and appear in catalogues of Halloween costumes.
Some companies tried to justify their action:
"We sell costumes... for many uses outside of the Halloween season," a spokesman for Halloweencostumes.com, Ross Walker Smith wrote, adding that user feedback had been "passed along".
The retailer later removed the outfit and apologized for "any offence it may have caused".
However, if several sites have ceased selling the outfit, others, as Amazon, continue to advertise the costume as "perfect for carnivals, theme parties and Halloween".