Ashley Benson is in big trouble with her Instagram followers. The "Pretty Little Liars" star turned to her fans for help picking a Halloween costume, which ended in unforeseen controversy.
As was reported by Entertainment Tonight, one of the options she presented fans with included a sequin-filled lion costume. She shared a photo of herself donning the full-body suit, made by Yandy and retailing for a whopping $150, on Instagram asking fans what they thought of "this Cecil the lion costume." After receiving multiple complaints from followers Benson, 25, changed the caption. The costume in question is listed on the company's site as a "deluxe lion" costume. There is, however, a "Cecil the Lion" costume listed on their site. Yandy is said to be donating a percentage of their profits to a global conservation organization in the slain lions honor.
This is not the first Cecil the Lion costume to be created in the wake of the lion's poaching. As TMZ reported, Costumeish.com began advertising a Dr. Walter Palmer costume, which comes with a miniature lion head for trick or treaters to carry around. The costume was reportedly retailing for close to $60 on the site. The site's CEO Jonathan Weeks claimed they created the costume in response to an outpouring of requests from the public. Like Yandy, Costumeish was also donating a percentage of profits to a wildlife foundation.
Cecil the Lion was killed by Palmer, a dentist from Pennsylvania, in July. After being identified as the lion's poacher Walker reportedly began receiving death threats and nasty Yelp reviews. Locals also lined up outside his practice in protest. He was forced to put the practice on lockdown in response.