A “child terrorist” Halloween costume has been withdrawn from sale after a politically-correct backlash ensued, with customers insisting it demonised Muslims.
The outfits were being sold for £15 at a Halloween pop-up shop in the Diamond Shopping Centre in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
They included a shirt, vest, pants and headpiece and the boy pictured on the packaging wore a fake beard.
“It seems that just dressing up like a Muslim and having a beard means you look like a terrorist, which sends out the message that all Muslims are terrorists,” one furious father told the Mirror.
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Another shopper also claimed the outfits were offensive: “I couldn’t believe they were selling this. I saw it and had to check again because I couldn’t believe they were selling something so offensive.
“It just seemed the costume consisted of normal Islamic-style clothing. I’m not sure exactly what made it a terrorist outfit except for the army-coloured waistcoat.
“So it seems that just dressing up like a Muslim and having a beard means you look like a terrorist which sends out the message that all Muslims are terrorists.
“It’s pretty disgusting and the fact it’s aimed at children makes it even worse. What kind of message are you giving them?”
However, one staff member took a more relaxed view, explaining that some customers liked the humorous outfits.
“I know some people might find them a bit sectarian but I don’t see what the problem is really,” he said, adding: “We’ll just take them off the shelves. Some people love them but others have complained about them – each to their own I say.”
The outrage comes just a few days after Amazon was forced to withdraw a “sexy” Saudi-style burka outfit after it was labelled “racist” online.
One user, who posted a one-star rating, wrote: “You’re all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume.” Another said: “A person’s culture is NOT a fancy dress costume.”