A Saudi-style burka that showed a woman’s thighs as part of its body-hugging design has been quickly withdrawn from sale by online retail giant Amazon after complaints that it was “racist”.
Described as a “ladies sexy Saudi burka Islamic costume,” the outfit was advertised for sale at £18.99 (US$23.35) plus free delivery. It also featured a plunging neckline and was released ahead of Halloween.
The London Evening Standard reports that the first complaints started when shoppers saw that the model used was a white woman.
One user, who posted a one-star rating, wrote: “You’re all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume.” While another said: “A person’s culture is NOT a fancy dress costume.”
Others stated that the burka as advertised was cultural appropriation, racism, and disparaging the Islamic religion.
“Is this some sort of mockery to the religion?” one of the users asked, while another said “it’s not a joke.”
“Whoever you are fear Allah,” the user added.
“You’re all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume,” another offended person wrote in the feedback section.
“A person’s culture is NOT a fancy dress costume,” another angry shopper said.
An “Arab Sheikh” costume, available to order for up to £16.99, also sparked complaints.
Amazon UK said the “sexy burka” garment had now been removed but not before others noticed and commented on Twitter.
— Sherina Sinna (@sherinasinna_) October 6, 2016
A spokesman told the Standard: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.
“The product in question is no longer available.”
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