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SkyNews reports that in the UK, Tesco and Walmart-owned Asda have pulled Halloween costumes from their shelves that generated complaints about insensitivity to people with cognitive disabilities.

The costumes included a "mental patient" getup that looked like a blood-splattered straitjacket."

Criticisms of the costumes and the chains could be found in social media, where people complained that the outfits reinforced negative stereotypes about people who already may feel stigmatized about their mental health issues.

Both Tesco and Asda apologized for any seeming insensitivity.
KC's View:
Kind of reminds me of a few years ago, when the Vermont Teddy Bear Co. sold a bear in a straitjacket that came with the inscription, "Crazy for you."

They got a lot of grief for that, and stopped selling it. Of course, by the time they had stopped selling it, they were sold out.

I know this in part because I'm one of the people who bought one. Gave it to Mrs. Content Guy, who, while she is not a teddy bear kind of person, continues to treasure it. (I think it reminds her of me.)

I actually agree that the costumes seem insensitive and should have been pulled. But a lot of costumes strike me that way - how many kids go out for Halloween dressed up as axe murderers and serial killers and hookers and whatnot? (Walmart this week in the US had to pull a "naughty leopard" costume that some felt was overly sexual - and that was designed for toddlers.

It's all just wrong ... but, in my view, yet another symbol of the slow decline of western civilization.