Petition to Take Suicide Scar Costume Off Shelves Succeeds as Walmart Removes Item

I am overjoyed to say that the Latex Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound has been taken OFF SHELVES by the Walmart. I want to thank every single person who signed the petition and left their comments. We created social change. One day at a time.

I want to thank Walmart for acting so quickly on this subject they have reached out with their official statement:

“The costume is appalling and it was unacceptable for a third-party seller to list it on our marketplace. It clearly violated our prohibited items policy and we removed it yesterday morning when it was brought to our attention.” 

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I want to add this is not an attack on Walmart but a questioning on the people in society who think that mental illness is a costume.

Comments on the  “costume” from the community:
“I find this appalling and disgusting” – Candice Pierce, Windham, ME

“My daughter self harmed then died by suicide. This is disgusting and reprehensible. Down with Wal-Mart if they do not take this sickening garb off the shelves.” – Aaron Carner, Claremore, OK

“Strong enough words do not exist to describe how horribly wrong this is.” – Zoe Leroux-Broucher, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Canada

“It’s f****** disgusting. The designers need a course on mental health issues. I can only hope their family members aren’t suffering from these issues.
(This is the first time in my 31 years I’ve signed a petition)” – Luke Tougas, St. Albert, Canada

“This is offensive and dangerous. Mental illness is not a costume. Would you sell a breast cancer costume?” – Monique Riddick, Olney, MD

“I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and know how damaging exposure to this could be. This shows an absolute lack of sensitivity and empathy for people affected by mental illness. I am absolutely apalled.” – Ruthanne Wilkes, Dothan, AL

  As you can see many were deeply disturbed by the product. The reason I started this petition was to help spread awareness about how suicide and self-harm is NOT a costume. I worked in a Halloween store who trashed all costumes that were offensive and insensitive to groups of society. THAT is how a Halloween store should be run. Costumes are fun, Halloween is fun, but making a costume out of someones suffering, and even death is something that should NOT be happening in 2016. This is triggering to many people, including myself. I found it hard to even look – share  – the picture of the product I was so disgusted by it’s insensitivity.

We took that product OFF the shelves.  All the mental health advocates who were so outraged by this!  This took on a “life” of its own on Twitter and Facebook.  Those communities have very powerful mental health advocates. That is how social change starts. We will continue to fight for everyone who cannot fight for themselves. We deserve to be heard. Thank you to EVERYONE who signed, commented, retweeted the petition and sent letters and calls of their own. You should all be very proud of yourselves. You truly helped a lot of people. I’m proud of you. I’m proud of us.
Thank you to everyone involved,
Peace&Love,
Zee
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