Just last week people were pretty horrified that there was a sexy Melania Trump Halloween costume in existence. But now another Halloween dress-up offering has been slammed for appearing to sexualise Eleven, the 12-year-old character from the cult Netflix hit series ‘Stranger Things’.
The ‘Upside Down Honey’ costume, which is available from various websites, might not actually be labelled or marketed as a Stranger Things costume, but it certainly bares a striking resemblance to one of the outfits worn by the character Eleven, played by 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown.
Eleven’s cute Peter Pan collar on her signature pink dress has been swapped for a scoop neck, cleavage-enhancing neckline, while the hemline has been shortened and Eleven’s trainer-style pumps have been replaced by over the knee socks and towering platform heels.
That’s not the only similarity either, in the image of the costume the model is wearing a blonde wig, which the character dons in the series to hide her shaved head.
She also has blood coming from her nose – something Eleven experiences in the show – and is carrying a waffle bag that makes reference to the character’s favourite snack.
But fans of the show aren’t happy about the costume’s sexy shake-up and have taken to Twitter to voice their upset over the £42.99 costume.
“There’s a sexy @Stranger_Things Eleven Halloween costume. SHE’S A CHILD,” one woman tweeted.
“When do sexy #Halloween costumes go too far??? I saw an ad for a sexy Eleven costume (from Stranger Things) and it was too wrong,” another tweeter wrote.
“Just in case you haven’t reached ur breaking point in 2017 yet, plz enjoy this sexy “eleven” halloween costume,” another fan added.
Other users were unhappy about the overall trend of sexing-up young characters from popular culture.
“STOP SEXUALISING CHILDREN AND RELIGIOUS FIGURES FOR HALLOWEEN!!! IF I SEE ONE MORE SEXY ELEVEN OR NUN IM GONNA FIGHT SOMEONE!!!,” one woman wrote.
It’s not the first time there’s been controversy over sexualised Halloween costumes. Last month news broke that there was already a sexy pregnant Kylie Jenner Halloween costume available for pre-order, even though the reality TV star has yet to formally announce if she’s even expecting a baby.
And last year we told you about the sexy bhurka and 9 other Halloween costumes, including some aimed at children, that were banned for being ‘inappropriate’.
Fancy-dress attire for kids that were removed from sale included the Disney Moana costume that was accused of being ‘racist’ and a sexy Sylvia’s Wand costume for girls.
Perhaps we should go back to the days when our parents fashioned a witch costume out of a black bin bag.
It was good enough for us?!
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