News East West
NEW YORK: After protests by Sikh groups, Walmart and RiteAid have stopped selling turban costumes resembling Osama bin Laden.
The Sikh Coalition took objection to Walmart selling what it called ‘Turban Beard Adult Halloween Instant Costume’ and wrote to it to remove the item.
Manufactured by Fun World Costumes, the turban-themed costume resembling Osama bin Laden also went on online sale by retailers Sears and RiteAid.
The Sikh Coalition said that apart from promoting stereotypes about turbans and beards that lead to violence against Sikhs and other minorities, these costumes insult those who lost loved ones during the 9/11 attacks and insult American troops who sacrificed their lives in our nation’s war against Al Qaeda.
Walmart said it was `in the process of immediately removing it from our site.’
“We sincerely apologize to any customers who may have been offended by this costume,’’ Huffington Post quoted a Walmart spokesperson as saying.
The Sikh Coalition also sent letters to Sears, Amazon and costume supplier Fun World requesting them to remove the costume from sale and display.
Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy for the Sikh Coalition, “This is like selling a Hitler Businesses have a legal right to sell offensive items, but they also have a moral responsibility to use good judgment and common sense. We are thankful to Walmart and RiteAid for promptly removing these items and hope other sellers will follow their example.”
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