Online retail giant Amazon was forced to remove a skimpy low-cut black dress, complete with veil, advertised on its website as a “ladies sexy Saudi burka Islamic costume,” after scores of infuriated users labeled it “racist” and “disgusting.”
Online shoppers surfing Amazon’s UK website for new ideas for upcoming Halloween dress-up parties stumbled upon the garment on Thursday. The mini-dress priced at £18.99 ($23) is apparently a take on the conservative Arab women’s swimwear, except that it barely covers anything but the face, with a niqab leaving only the eyes visible.
Upon making the find, offended users flocked to the item’s page to vent outrage, accusing the seller of cultural appropriation, racism, and disparaging the Islamic religion.
“Is this some sort of mockery to the religion?” one of the users asked, while another said “it’s not a joke.”
“Whoever you are fear Allah,” the user added.
“You’re all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume,” another offended person wrote in the feedback section.
“A person’s culture is NOT a fancy dress costume,” yet another angry shopper said.
Amazon UK deleted the “offensive” burka costume following the uproar, announcing that “the product is no longer available.” The company issued a statement urging sellers to “follow selling guidelines” and threatening violators with punitive action “including potential removal of their account.”