Kim Kardashian robbery costume pulled from stores after public outcry

A costume based on Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery is the latest in a yearly trend of offensive Halloween costumes.

Story highlights

  • Costumeish was called out last year for its "foxy Megyn's bloody tampon" costume
  • Review: "People who think this is funny should be ashamed of themselves"

(CNN)Following a yearly trend of offensive Halloween costumes, a costume company had been selling an outfit based on Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery, where she was bound and forced into a bathtub.

As of Wednesday, the costume was taken down from the website with full refunds to all who bought it.
    Costumeish, which was called out just last year for its "foxy Megyn's bloody tampon" costume, received immediate backlash for promoting the violent incident.
    The costume's description did not make a direct reference to Kardashian, instead passively describing the subject as someone who has "devoted her life to promoting American decadence, youth, and hedonism."
    Nonetheless, people were able to make the connection and voice their opinions. As of Tuesday morning, the costume was rated an average 2.5 stars out of 5 based on 63 reviews.
    One reviewer gave the costume one star and said "People who think this is funny should be ashamed of themselves whether you like or hate the Kardashians."
    Another reviewer agreed, saying "I'm not a fan of Kim Kardashian but this is disgusting. The situation Kim was in shouldn't be a joke to you or anybody."
    The response on social media wasn't much better.
    "That Kim Kardashian 'gagged at gun point' Halloween costume is actually sick. Some extremely twisted people out there," tweeted Olivia Barraclough.
    Of course, there are those who saw the costume as "hilarious & fun," "creative" and even the "costume of the year."
    Costumeish told CNN it's intention wasn't to poke fun at the harrowing incident.
    "Our deepest sympathy to any victims of crime and no person deserves to go through any terrifying experience. We are not mocking anyone," Johnathon Weeks at Costumeish said.
    But, he added, "Halloween is also a day that people can express their sometimes twisted sick sense of humor. It is up for the disguiser to determine if they want to be cringed upon or laughed at."
    Weeks had also said that whether people buy the costume from the store or not, it'll be "very popular this year."
    Obviously this will no longer be the case.