Bad Halloween Costumes: Anne Frank, Trayvon, Kim Kardashian and Other Crime and Murder Victims
Newsweek ^ | October 16, 2017 | Stav Ziv
Posted on 10/29/2017 8:43:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Let’s start with a rather uncontroversial statement: It’s important to learn about the Holocaust, and Anne Frank’s diary is an excellent way to start. What seems more contentious, however, is the notion that it would be a good idea to dress up as one of the Holocaust’s most famous victims for Halloween.
One online costume retailer recently discovered the hard way just how offensive many people find that idea. HalloweenCostumes.com pulled an “Anne Frank costume for girls” off its website on Sunday after being criticized for putting it up in the first place.
“It is utterly inappropriate, offensive and quite simply beggars belief. The Holocaust is not a joke—this company needs to have a serious rethink,” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust in the U.K., told The Jewish Chronicle.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told Newsweek in an emailed statement: “We are glad the Anne Frank costume was removed from the catalogue, but it’s hard to believe that anyone thought this was an appropriate costume for Halloween. It shows we still have a long way to go in terms of educating people about what happened during the Holocaust, and why this unique event in human history should never be trivialized.”
The costume—which is still being sold elsewhere as a more generic “World War II Evacuee Girl Fancy Dress Costume Girls” and “Child’s World War II Girl Costume”—was marketed on HalloweenCostumes.com as educational…..
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