A Halloween-style costume in Caitlyn Jenner’s likeness is being sold on Amazon. And transgender charities and activists are none too happy about it.
The $30 (£23) costume called ‘I am Cait’ (presumedly referencing Jenner’s short-lived reality series of the same name) includes a brunette wig, sports tank top, shorts and two plastic ‘Olympic’ medals.
The costume’s description reads: “Show your love for Caitlyn Jenner with this awesome adult costume!”
National transgender charity Stonewall has slammed the costume and said it ‘should be taken off the shelves.’
“This is a reminder of how much is left to do to combat the abuse trans people face every day. This costume reduces a marginalised group to the butt of a joke. It should be taken off the shelves,” the charity’s spokesperson said.
Dr Jane Hamlin, president of the Beaumont Society, a support group in the UK for the transgender community, accused the costume of making a mockery of transgender people.
“We have become accustomed to insensitive mockery, but had hoped that cisgender people had become tired of such stunts and realised that it is not funny.
“No-one chooses to be trans. I am disappointed that anyone would want to sell this, and hope that no-one will want to buy it.”
Amazon customers have also taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the online retail giant’s decision to stock the controversial costume. A petition has even been started to pull the product from sale on Amazon.
It's incredibly disappointing to see Amazon selling (and refusing to comment on) this transphobic costume, stocked by Costume Agent, which so obviously mocks Caitlyn Jenner in a degrading and demeaning way. @amazon https://t.co/FOe3F8vevA
— Ella Braidwood (@ella_braidwood) October 24, 2018
— Candy (@telvari9) October 24, 2018
68-year-old Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, completed a successful gender reassignment surgery in January 2017.
Jenner rose to fame in 1975 when he won the Gold decathlon medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
As of Wednesday, the costume has one customer review on Amazon.com, which rated it as five out of five stars.