A Halloween costume of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover has caused a stir on social media for being transphobic, but Spirit Halloween, the organization responsible for the get-up, has not gotten rid of the outfit. They even slammed rumors about the “Call Me Caitlyn Unisex Adult Costume” being removed.
“The exclusive Spirit Halloween Caitlyn Corset and Caitlyn Wig launched online on August 26 and will be available in stores in late September,” the company told Gossip Cop Wednesday. “The Caitlyn Costume was never taken down from SpiritHalloween.com.”
The organization also wants to make sure that everyone knows the Caitlyn costume belongs to them. “Spirit Halloween does not design or sell any costumes to other retailers. Spirit developed an exclusive Caitlyn Corset and Caitlyn Wig for sale by Spirit Halloween only,” they said in a statement to Gossip Cop, along with a picture of the ensemble. “Any other imagery or merchandise is not related to Spirit Halloween.”
The store said the costume is not meant to be transphobic or offensive. Instead, it’s about “celebrating” Jenner. "Caitlyn Jenner has proved to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her," Trisha Lombardo, Spirit Halloween's PR and marketing head, told the New York Daily News last Thursday.
However, there are more than 8,700 people who want the costume removed from shelves, a Change.org petition shows. “To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” activist Addison Rose Vincent wrote. “Your profit will only lead to greater transphobia and marginalization of an already at-risk community.”
Jenner, 65, has not issued a statement about the costume. Her rep, Alan Nierob, also denied to comment to the Daily News.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) August 26, 2015
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