I really and truly did not think it was humanly possible for someone to come up with a Halloween costume more cringeworthy than this 22-year-old's Boston marathon victim outfit. Well, there was the Trayvon Martin costume, of course. And the "Anna Rexia" outfit. And -- ugh, what's WRONG with people?
Well, as it turns out two 19-year-old British students managed to create a 2013 Halloween dress theme that's so offensive, I kind of hate to even call attention to it. The thing that makes their story newsworthy isn't the stunning insensitivity they showed by wearing something that crossed every conceivable line of bad taste -- it's the fact that they earned a CASH PRIZE for winning the "best dressed" competition at a Halloween party at Rosies nightclub in Chester, England.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, who are both students at the University of Chester, had the bright idea to dress as the burning Twin Towers for Halloween. The girls wore matching outfits labeled with “North Tower” and “South Tower," and both included various costume details representing explosions, planes, and people jumping out of the buildings.
Their headpieces were designed to resembled smoke pouring from the skyscrapers, and each was topped with an American flag.
I don't even know what to say about this, really. I'm just saddened by their ignorant, callous attitude, which included a classic non-apology once the criticism started rolling in:
We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused. The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke.
Give me a damn break. I can't even dignify that idiotic excuse by calling it bullshit.
What's maybe even more disgusting is that the nightclub actually awarded them with a prize worth £150 (approximately $240) for their winning costume. A spokeswoman for the company that runs the nightclub has called it a "serious error of judgment" and is promising to conduct some sort of investigation -- but really, what can they possibly do at this point? It happened, the photos are out there, and those girls are going to have to live with the consequences. I'm sure they'll come to regret their decision in a big way once they start hearing from devastated families and rescue workers.
As a woman whose son was among the 67 British people killed during the 9/11 attack put it,
It’s hard to understand where they’ve come from to do this without a thought for those who died or the families left behind.
Can you even believe this horrible costume idea? What were they thinking? What was the NIGHTCLUB thinking?
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