After receiving several complaints, British general merchandise retailer Tesco decided to pull a children’s costume from its online catalog.
The retailer listed the costume as a fancy hunter’s outfit for children 7-years-old and older, but it was quickly met with overwhelming backlash.
— The Sun (@TheSun) March 7, 2018
As Daily Mail reports, on the retail website, the costume’s description stated: “This costume includes a long sleeved red tailcoat style jacket with a single black button at the front.”
And, “Fantastic for World Book Day, school shows or just dressing up fun. Please note White T-shirt, Trousers & Shoes not included.”
Independent reports, “People criticized the supermarket on social media after spotting the outfit online where it was described as a ‘red fox hunter jacket’ for children aged seven and older.”
According to the report, the jacket/costume was described as “appalling” and people said the design was “encouraging youngsters to become animal abusers.”
Tesco removes a fox hunter fancy dress costume from its shelves https://t.co/Y2xnCeUooy
— The Independent (@Independent) March 8, 2018
‘Tesco stops selling ‘appalling’ kids fancy dress costume after angry backlash’ https://t.co/CxOQ80ZtmV
— Blue Fox (@BlueFoxCAFH) March 8, 2018
Per Daily Mail:
Hunt groups also attacked the supermarket for selling the ‘disgusting’ costume and branded it as ‘poor judgement’.
Lee Moon, a spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: ‘This appears to be remarkably poor judgement form Tesco.
‘Fox hunting is an illegal, archaic pastime that’s abhorred by the majority of the population.
‘Why Tesco would think it’s an appropriate fancy dress costume for children is quite beyond us. We look forward to seeing their badger baiting or dog fighting outfit in the near future!’
A Tesco spokesperson responded to the various complaints, Daily Mail reports, “We’ve listened to customers and have immediately removed this product from sale.”
Here are some more complaints:
Customer John Crabb said: ‘Dear Tesco I am appalled at how you are selling fancy Redcoat fox hunters fancy dress clothes for kids.
‘Are you really trying to encourage them to take up a highly cruel animal bloodsport? I demand an explanation and would like this complaint to be forwarded to your head office.
‘You look on the news there’s new generations of fox hunters trying to bring back this horrendous sport.’
Lee Wicks wrote: ‘Ffs! Tesco evenby your standards this is sick! Every little hurts! Dressing up your kid as a fox hunter wtf!?’
Ann Blake said: ‘Unbelievable, just as well it has been removed. Hope I do not see any for sale.’
Susan Webb said: ‘Hope it has gone!!!!! Expected better from Tesco!!..I have Boycotted Sainsbury’s over the shooting of a fox for months now!! Would never go back!! So sort it TESCO!!’
Here are what some other people said about the costume over social media:
Let’s be honest. A parent who bought this for their child should be locked up, which kid would want wear It? But do the kids who wear scary Halloween outfits become mass murderers? No. It’s just a poor outfit. Tally ho!
— Paul Kelly #MUFC #FBPE (@PaulK1966) March 8, 2018
Not sure about that , do you remember cowboy outfits a lot of the kids who wore those grew up to be politicians and journalists!
— JAY PATRICK (@LBWB1) March 8, 2018
It’s a PR stunt to give Tesco more advertising.. every year in every supermarket there is always one costume that will cause a stir.. done on purpose do better to ignore it
— Lily Black (@lilybla91815284) March 8, 2018
Does a pirates outfit encourage them to be a pirate?
— ChrisP (@ChrisP9558) March 8, 2018
And dressing up as a soldier? I’m sure play costumes have very little impact on their adult lives. I loved dressing up as a cowboy but I don’t shoot Native Americans or throw lassos
— Waggy Ramone (@gothwag) March 8, 2018
This is parent led. What child would choose this costume given the variety in the shops. The children who would recognise the costume are ones who have seen a hunt. Thankfully most wouldn’t have a clue about fox hunting. How would they play at fox hunting? Playing pirates is fun.
— Patricia Andrew (@barragirl49) March 8, 2018
That’s not a hunt coat, it’s a circus ringmaster’s coat.
— David Milne (@DavidMilne10) March 8, 2018
No children innocently think of it as just dressing up
— Marion Steggles (@marionste) March 8, 2018
This is not the first time “tasteless” costumes have been pulled from online catalogs, check it out:
RT talkRADIO “Tesco withdraws children’s fox hunting costume after complaints. Watch again ▼ pic.twitter.com/56tQWycHrk“
— Dennie Morris (@DennieMorris) March 8, 2018