Halloween costume mocking Caitlyn Jenner is still being sold on Amazon
Trans rights groups have criticised Amazon and the seller behind a ‘transphobic’ Halloween costume, which mocks Caitlyn Jenner.
The outfit, which is still being sold on Amazon, shows a bearded person wearing Jenner’s Olympic number and a brunette wig, red vest and blue shorts.
The £26 costume, produced by Costume Agent, is listed on Amazon as: “Bruce Caitlyn Jenner Olympian I Am Cait Adult Costume,” while the product description states: “Show your love for Caitlyn Jenner with this awesome adult costume!”
The outfit was previously listed on Ebay, but has since been taken down.
Jane Hamlin, president of The Beaumont Society, a transgender support group, told PinkNews: “I am astonished that a transphobic costume mocking Caitlyn Jenner is being marketed in the way it is. It is completely tasteless.
“The transgender community has been getting quite a battering in the media recently because we would like to have autonomy over our own identities. We have become accustomed to insensitive mockery, but had hoped that cisgender people had become tired of such stunts and realised that it is not funny.
“No-one chooses to be trans. It is the way we are born, it is who we are.”
Hamlin added: “I am disappointed that anyone would want to sell this, and hope that no-one will want to buy it.”
Amazon declined to comment. A spokesperson for the company, which has a perfect score on the Human Right Campaign’s Equality Index, has previously told PinkNews that it is “committed to equal rights, tolerance and diversity.”
A Stonewall spokesperson told PinkNews: “This is a reminder of how much is left to do to combat the abuse trans people face every day.
“This costume reduces a marginalised group to the butt of a joke. It should be taken off the shelves.”
PinkNews has contacted Costume Agent for comment.
Jenner recently added her voice to the growing protest against a leaked memo from the Trump administration, which revealed proposals to effectively erase trans people.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ document argues for the definition of sex to be re-defined to be strictly male or female, determined by “immutable biological traits” or genetic testing.
Jenner uploaded an image on her Twitter and Instagram pages, which repeatedly states the phrase “trans people won’t be erased,” tagging the US president.
Jenner openly supports the Republican party, despite its poor record on trans rights. In August, she told Variety: “I’ve always been on the Republican side. I think it’s a good thing, because I’ve got an in. Has this administration set us backwards? Absolutely.”