by: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Every year, there seem to be costumes that spark outrage. Halloween 2017 is no different, as a costume that will “transform” the wearer into a supposed border patrol agent is starting to shake up social media, People magazine is reporting.
Spirit Halloween Superstores are promoting a green shirt that has the name tape “Agent Wall” and “Border Patrol” on the chest. There’s an accessory baseball hat to go with the “uniform” that has “Border Patrol” embroidered in large gold letters. The shirt is sold out online. The hat, which sells for $9.99, is still in stock.
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The online store includes the description, “Keep the border safe today, tomorrow and on Halloween! Let everyone know that you mean business with this border patrol work shirt!”
Consumers are posting to their social media accounts sharing their outrage over the costume.
@SpiritHalloween why exactly do you have a border patrol costume. Do you have any idea how many lives and families are ruined over that?
— Bex Alexandra 10 (@lgbtqiabex) September 11, 2017
Please don’t shop at @SpiritHalloween this year. This border patrol costume is offensive in every way and normalizes racism. pic.twitter.com/1Leh6R7qAS
— Tommy Gorman (@TommyTheGorman) September 24, 2017
Spirit Halloween told People that it doesn’t plan to pull the costume from store shelves, adding that it was created “with the intent of being ironic in the current political climate.”
Spirit, telling Mashable, said, “We believe this costume carries similar sentiments akin to that of a police officer, military costumes, firefighter, doctor and more.”
Immigration arrests have been increasing this year, Mashable reported. The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division announced that between Jan 22 and April 29, 2017, that arrests had increased almost 40 percent when compared to the same period in 2016.
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