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.”
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.