Anna-Rexia ‘Adult’ Costume – A strongly worded letter…
I feel too sick to write an introduction. See it for yourselves and if you feel as riled as I do, please email: email@example.com
I am writing to you to complain on behalf of myself and I am sure that I speak for thousands, even millions of others who will be equally shocked and appalled by the ‘Anna Rexia Adult Costume’.
I was sickened and actually thought, and hoped, it was a joke when a friend sent me a link to your website. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this absolutely digusting, tasteless outfit.
A skeleton costume is understandable – traditional even – but attempting to turn Anorexia into something sexy by throwing it on a plastic, fake boobed, airbrushed, blonde sex bomb? There are no words.
Anorexia, as I am sure you are aware (or at least I hope you are – but if that’s the case, it makes this even worse as you cannot blame naivity), is an illness, a disease. It is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a disease that destroys lives. It is a disease that kills.
Tell me how sexy a starved corpse is. How would you feel if your son or daughter died after years battling with Anorexia. It’s Halloween and some kid turns up on your doorstep wearing this outfit. How sexy is it then?
I cannot get my head around why you would ever have somebody show you this design and think that it would be ok to paste it on your website and sell it. I’d appreciate it if you could forward this email on to whichever mindless person was responsible for designing and selling this to you.
Your website proudly states that you have been in the retail Halloween Business for 20 years. I would expect much more from such a well established company. A bit of respect.
Before you write me off as someone who just doesn’t have a sense of humour about this, believe me, I can joke about it – because I have been through Anorexia and I know that you sometimes HAVE to joke about it to get through.
But this is not that kind of ‘in’ joke. This is blatant, audacious, mindless, irresponsible and a disgrace to you and your company.
I do have a sense of humour but it goes out of the window when somebody tries to sexualise and belittle something that has killed too many people that I know.
If you have one decent bone in your body (see, even when I’m this angry I can still do puns), you will take this costume off your website, refuse to sell it, pass this email on to anybody else who does sell it and in its place, give a written apology to those who have been offended. I am sure that I am not alone.
I will be contacting several Eating Disorder Charities and if I do not get a response from you I will not hesitate in taking this to the Better Business Bureaux.
Ilona Catherine Burton
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