Is it just me or is there no small amount of irony in a Halloween costume that promotes anorexia? You know, because Halloween is generally about eating candy?
Inappropriate or irreverent Halloween costumes are nothing new. In fact, someone gets rich every year by coming up with the getup that most represents the scandalous buzz du jour. Think the Sarah Palin mask and a machine gun, or the Kate Gosslein reverse mullet).
Of course, Sexy Sarah and Kate plus her 8 are ripe for the picking. After all, they put themselves out there for ridicule. But to glorify people who suffer from anorexia with the “Anna Rexia” costume, which has become known as the “sexy anorexia” costume? That’s not picking on a single person, but putting people with eating disorders in the spotlight, and putting on a pedestal a disease that shouldn’t be wished on anyone.
Here’s how one online retailer describes the costume, according to CNN:
If Anna Rexia doesn’t want to put it in her mouth there is nothing you can say to change her mind. You can stop trying to sell her on the point that there aren’t any carbs and it’s all protein because Anna Rexia just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Make no bones about it this girl is as disciplined as they can get. Anna Rexia costume is anything but bare bones! Costume includes headband, choker neckband, removable ‘Anna Rexia’ badge and ribbon tie belt. If you’re starving for attention, this costume will be sure to put you on top of the world.
The costume is a form-fitting black dress with a skeleton silk-screened on it. A measuring tape also acts as a belt and a neck choker. Anorexia, of course, is an eating disorder with an alarmingly high mortality rate. Over 10 million women in the United States alone reportedly suffer from it.
Would retailers sell Halloween costumes made to look like cancer patients? How about those who suffer from AIDS? Why is a costume promoting anorexia a bestseller?
Do you think the Anna Rexia costume is offensive, or are the PC police just out in full force?