Amazon is selling what they call a ‘tastelessly brilliant’ Halloween costume that allows men to dress as a ‘lady boy’ for the night.
It can be yours for £28.99 ($45, €40), coming with a short silver sequin dress with spaghetti straps with a ‘fabric male genitalia’ at the front. The black wig and inflatable breasts do not come with it.
The company selling the offensive fancy dress is Orion Costumes.
It currently holds a one star review.
‘It is incredible that a company like Amazon can put such an offensive piece of tat for sale,’ one review said.
‘It’s the 21st century not the 1970’s; transgender people have a hard enough time as it is without this kind of ridicule. I assume that a company of your size has an all inclusive policy of respect for all it’s staff, regardless of gender, disability, sexual orientation etc.
‘It’s just a pity that it does not apply these standards to it’s products. This sort of rubbish drags Amazon’s name into the gutter.’
Another said: ‘If it were possible to leave less than one star I would. I would leave minus 5 stars. This “costume” is repugnant, despicable, and down right offensive.’
Helen Belcher of Trans Media Watch sent a complaint to Amazon, saying the costume encourages people to see trans women as ‘fake and exhibitionists, which then places them in danger’.
‘For me it’s not a question of offense, even though it’s undoubtedly deliberately offensive, but more about the harm that it places trans women into,’ she told Gay Star News.
‘Having said that, the company appears to be deliberately distasteful having seen what else they’re advertising on Amazon.’
UPDATE: Around half an hour after Gay Star News contacted Amazon, they came back with a response to say the costume had been removed from sale.
A spokesperson 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.’