Walmart is under fire for their latest Halloween costume.
The retail company began selling in their online store last week a makeup set titled “Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound Latex Costume Make Up,” which imitated the appearance of self-harm scars. They have since removed it from their store.
Walmart offers other latex applications that simulate wounds, such as gunshots and burns, but none are as controversial as their third-party offering this year. According to Snopes, despite Walmart removing the makeup from their site, it is still available on numerous others, including Rakuten and Totally Costumes.
As the shocking costume made its way around social media, some articles began calling out the insensitive costume. The Mighty published an article titled “A Response to the ‘Suicide Scar’ Costume Makeup Being Sold on Walmart.com” in which they described the horridness of making a costume out of a mental illness.
“Every single year, it’s the same thing. Mental illness becomes the punchline of a joke, or the theme of a horror attraction. This year, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags did the right thing, shutting down their horrific asylum-themed virtual reality attractions when advocates expressed justified outrage. A representative from Six Flags explained the company’s decision to me in an email: “This is a good lesson for us all about perpetuating stereotypes, and we apologize to anyone that we may have offended.
This is a lesson that Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, desperately needs to learn. A picture of a “razor blade suicide scar wound latex costume make up” (I won’t link to it, because it is a real trigger) is the latest and most egregious example of the ongoing battles people with mental illness and their loved ones must face to educate the public about the reality of mental health conditions.”