Goal: Demand online retailer end the sale of a Halloween costume designed to mock and trivialize anorexia nervosa.
A Halloween costume retailer, Halloweenparty13[dot]com, has sparked outrage recently by shilling a Halloween costume featuring a skeletal form and a tape measure belt, named “Anna Rexia”. The costume is deliberately designed to mock and trivialize one of the most dangerous and painful psychological disorders in the name of some Halloween fun. The costume is insulting and ignorant, and has been a source of controversy before, when consumers demanded it be removed from the websites of two online retailers, Ricky’s and Halloweenparty[dot]com, in 2011. Now, it appears on the Halloweenparty13[dot]com website with the outrageous headline “you can never be too rich or too thin”.
The manufacturer of the costume, Dreamgirls International, claims that production of the costume ended in 2007 after initial outrage caused it to be pulled from the costume line. It seems that Halloweenpartyparty[dot]com spent the last few years biding its time until the initial shock died down, in order to quietly slip the costume back onto their site.
Up to 24 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States. This condition destroys lives, and its sufferers fight a constant battle to maintain their control over its ruinous effects. They and their loved ones should not be subjected to this type of callousness and insensitivity on a night of the year that’s supposed to be fun for everyone.
Please sign this petition to demand that Halloweenparty13[dot]com remove this costume from its shelves, and donate any proceeds they have received from this barbaric costume to a charity that supports sufferers of eating disorders.
You have recently received backlash for a controversial item you have in stock, the Anna Rexia costume. This costume is horrific and insulting, and displays an ignorance of the pain and suffering brought on by the serious disease of anorexia nervosa. You would never think to make a costume mocking a physical disease, and yet you feel completely comfortable tormenting sufferers of a mental disease.
Halloween is supposed to be a fun night for everyone. It is not a night to dredge up horrible memories or trigger deep and terrible feelings in people who may be extremely vulnerable. This costume is shameless and repulsive.
Please remove this costume immediately from your stock, and donate all your proceeds from its sale to a charity supporting sufferers of eating disorders.
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Photo Credit: Ricky’s via abcnews.com