What I'd like to know is what parent would even want a child to wear such a
thing? You think a Hitler costume would sell?
@ Thriller: This costume was pulled specifically because it offended people.
Please explain why you differentiate "listen to what consumers have to say
and then choose a course of action" from "businesses are forced to do
something out of fear of offending someone." Those two comments are
contradictory.Again - this costume was pulled because it was
offensive and shoppers expressed their dissatisfaction. It looks exactly like
your third sentence.@ Shawnm750: "But, I do think that if
we're going to be a society that permits freedom of expression, at some
point (sadly) we're going to have to allow costumes like these..."This costume was totally allowed. "Freedom of expression"
refers to government limitations. The government did not prohibit this costume
nor participate in any efforts to have the stores not sell it.Walmart is perfectly welcome to sell this costume and those who are offended
are perfectly welcome to shop somewhere else. Walmart decided it was more
important to have the shoppers than to sell the costume, but in no way was their
freedom of expression infringed.
On the one hand, I see this costume and think "Who in the world thought this
would be a good idea to market this in the U.S.?" That's the epitome of
insensitivity...On the other hand (playing the devil's advocate
here,) I have to ask if we'd cry foul if someone marketed a costume of
Nero, Ghengis Kahn or Attila the Hun? (I know some of these costumes actually
exist, but aren't all that common...) These men did horrible things and
yet, we put on their costumes for fun. Granted, no one alive today has been
directly impacted by any of these men, but we still know what they all
did...but, perhaps because they are historical figures, it's less
offensive.As I stated above, I find the Osama bin Laden costume to
be insensitive and applaud Wal-Mart for pulling it (though WHY they would ever
sell it to begin with is beyond comprehension...but it is Wal-Mart after all!)
But, I do think that if we're going to be a society that permits freedom of
expression, at some point (sadly) we're going to have to allow costumes
Wow, talk about poor taste.
It's tasteless and i'm glad Wal-Mart for once came to its senses...
I'm sure there will be people who cry about our overly-PC world and most of
the time I'm with them. But I do like to see a company listen to what
consumers have to say and then choose a course of action. What I hate to see is
when businesses are forced to do something out of fear of offending someone. But
I don't see that being the case here.