Kim Kardashian has shunned the public eye since returning from France, where she was the victim of a high-profile, million-dollar jewel heist.
She says she intends to lower her profile while she recovers, put Keeping Up With the Kardashians on an open-ended hold and has withdrawn from social media (though her sister Kylie Jenner is still making headlines for her scantily clad photos).
But while Kim struggles to forget being bound, gagged, tossed in a bathroom and threatened at gunpoint, Halloween costume-makers are eager to cash in on her misfortune—until an Internet outcry forced them to remove the outfit.
The “Parisian Heist Robbery Victim” costume, $69.99, included a short robe, sunglasses, fake diamond ring, Kardashian-esque long wig, a gag and two feet of rope to bind your wrists and ankles, presumably while someone in a cop costume robbed you of your valuables and phone.
The rather snarky costume description made it seem like Costumish.com, the retail site, was intent on using their Halloween power to strike a blow at the Kardashian empire.
“She has devoted her life to promoting American decadence, youth, and hedonism but all that flashy living caught up with her one night in Paris when armed men bound her, stole her jewelry and her peace of mind,” the costume description read. “This Halloween have some fun with pop culture and dress just like the Queen of Social media.”
Fans of the reality television diva were, of course, not pleased.
So horrible that someone would actually make a 'Kim Kardashian Robbery' Halloween costume!
— Emma (@emi_emma1) October 11, 2016
The kim kardashian Halloween costume is beyond disrespectful ✋🏼#disgusting
— Adrianna (@AdriannaBrowne1) October 11, 2016
I can't believe the "Kim Kardashian robbery costume" is a thing. Is this year an actual joke? like when do I wake up
— sk(el)eton ☆ (@reyvenclaw) October 11, 2016
Who wants to out themselves as a human trash fire & try to explain why you think a "Kim Kardashian mid-robbery" Halloween costume is funny?
— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) October 11, 2016
There was, oddly, no outrage that the costume cost $70, when you could find pretty much everything you need to make your own “Kim Kardashian Robbery Victim” costume in your parents’ garage.
Initially, Costumish stood by the costume, saying that Halloween costumes are meant to be facetious, telling media: “Our deepest sympathy to the family and nobody deserves to go [through] what she did. We are not mocking her, however, Halloween reflects pop culture and celebrities are no different.”
But by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the costume was gone from Costumish’s website.
This is, of course, not the only offensive costume to get pulled from shelves, even this year (though none of the others were riffs on a woman who recently feared for her life in an armed robbery). Disney was forced to recall costumes from its upcoming movie, Moana, over allegations that it amounted to “blackface,” and Wal-Mart was forced to remove a “Tranny Granny” costume over claims of transphobia.