Online retail giant Amazon have sparked controversy in the run up to Hallowe’en – by selling Islamaphobic costumes modelled by ‘browned’ up men.
Men hoping to dress up as an ‘Arab’ can buy a tunic and headdress set from just a tenner, and can even complete the outfit with a ‘Palestine’ scarf – modelled by a white man covered in what looks like boot polish.
Shoppers browsing the items have branded the online store, who stock a ‘sexy burka’ female equivalent outfit, as ‘disgusting racists’.
One user left a one-star rating and wrote: “You’re all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume.”
Another commented: “A person’s culture is NOT a fancy dress costume.”
Ladies can opt for a ‘sexy Saudi burka Islamic costume’, advertised as being ‘made from a lovely soft stretch material’ complete with a face veil.
Users upset by the ensemble left damning reviews on the page, showing a Caucasian woman modelling the revealing outfit.
One ‘Amazon Customer’ wrote: “Is this some sort of mockery to the religion.”
Whereas another user took the item for sale very personally, commenting: “Whoever you are fear Allah. It’s not a joke.”
Amazon UK responded to the offensive garments and have now removed the ‘sexy Burka’ costume.
A spokesman for the online store said: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.
“The product in question is no longer available.”