Walmart recently pulled several Arab-themed Halloween costumes from its website.
Mediaite.com reports that Qasim Rashid of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA tweeted about the “Mens Pashtun Papa Costume.”
The costume (pictured) was described on Walmart.com with the following text: “Whether you’re making a serious political statement or staging a political parody, this authentic-looking outfit will fit the bill… Nothing is sacred this Halloween. Shock your friends with this Islamic costume.”
Brooke Buchanan, senior director of Walmart Corporate Communications, told Buzzfeed that the costume was sold via a third-party vendor on Walmart.com.
“When it was brought to our attention on social media, we began working to pull this down,” stated Buchanan. “We are deeply sorry that this costume is on our website, and we are pulling it down as soon as possible. We are calling on all of the other retailers to pull it down as well. We have strict policies with our third party vendors, and it’s very important to us that products on the site don’t offend groups of people, or minorities.”
Buzzfeed also noted that Walmart.com was selling an Arab Shiek costume with a description that included: “[N]obody will be able to tell the difference between you and the Arabs they formally knew.”
That costume and all the products from the third-party seller have been removed Walmart.com.
Sources: Buzzfeed, Mediaite.com