We have all learned something today. Walmart learned that if you want to sell Halloween costumes without Angering the Internet, you should not label an entire section of your selections “Fat Girl Costumes.” It is amazing that Walmart did not realize this before.
Walmart was definitely the guy at the party asking if you’re dressed as “a fat witch” and forcing you to say, “No, I’m a regular witch.” “Wait, are you Taylor Swift with a hideous facial disfigurement?” “No, that’s just my face.” “Are you Iron Lung Man?” “Nope, Iron Man. I have a condition.”
After somehow maliciously, mistakenly or misguidedly labeling a whole section of its costumes “fat girl costumes” (good eye, Jezebel!) the retail giant is frantically backtracking. The page has been removed. Walmart has apologized. Some web developer is probably out of a job.
Way to make your shoppers feel loved and valued, Walmart!
— Kristyn Washburn (@ItsWithaY) October 21, 2014
Look, retailers: Costume shopping is bleak enough for us ladies without introducing a “Fat Girl Costumes” section into the equation. (Here are some better costumes.) While reading about this latest gaffe I was treated to several ads for “Sexy Pizza” costumes. Sexy Pizza. Sit on that for a moment. (Or, don’t. It sounds like it would ruin your pants.) There’s even a Sexy Ebola Nurse costume, which we can all agree is both a poor choice and offers nowhere near the level of protection required. The worst part is the adjectives. You can’t just be a Female [Noun]. You have to be a Sassy [Noun], or a Foxy [Noun], or a Red Hot [Adjective] Noun. Must we add insult to insult?
I mean, I guess you could point out that if you are going to Walmart to feel warmed and appreciated and better about yourself, you are looking in the wrong place. But still, one always hopes for better. They have plenty of things in bulk, but evidently tact is not one of them.