Walmart made a section on its site for ‘Fat Girl Costumes’

There’s no harm in marketing plus-size Halloween costumes to the admittedly overweight American public, but when a retailer creates a section on its website for “Fat Girl Costumes,” it’s just begging for a backlash. That was the latest screw-up by big-box behemoth Walmart, which has made more than its share of dumb decisions with respect to All Hallows’ Eve and the personhood of women.

A Jezebel reader shopping online was directed to the URLwww.walmart.com/c/kp/fat-girl-costumes,” where she discovered a selection of getups for the more rotund reveler, including “Saloon Girl,” “Chambermaid,” and, of course, “Convict Corset.” (Plus-size men, meanwhile, will no doubt want to dress as the Tooth Fairy or someone of a different ethnicity.)

Soon after news of the insult broke, Walmart moved to head off any outrage.

At press time, the offending URL still linked to a selection of plus-size women’s costumes.

Looks like one company forgot what Halloween is all about: science denialblackface, and denying candy to poor children.

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'