Amazon has sparked outrage after selling “racist” and Islamaphobic costumes modelled by “blackened up” men for Halloween.
Customers were outraged to see the online retail giant offer male customers the chance to dress up in an “Arab” tunic and headdress, with a “Palestine” scarf, which was modelled by a white man covered in brown paint; and a costume for women, which was advertised as a “sexy Saudi burka Islamic costume”.
Many branded the costumes “racist”. One user commented, Whoever you are fear, Allah. It’s not a joke.” Amazon UK responded to the comments and has now removed the “sexy Burka” costume. A spokesperson for the online retailer said, “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.”
Last year Amazon was urged by the civil rights organisation American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) to stop marketing Arab costumes as “terrorist costumes” on its website after a “terrorist Osama bin Laden mask” was sold on the website for Halloween. Among other items, Amazon had also put up a “fake dynamite” and a variety of beards under the description of “terrorist costumes.” US retailer Walmart also came under fire for selling a large prosthetic nose, described in its online Halloween store as “perfect for an Arab Sheikh.”