Halloween is still more than one month away but a child’s costume is already brewing controversy.
Walmart has pulled its “Naughty Leopard” costume for toddlers after customers complained about the costume’s suggestive name. The costume itself consisted of a sleeved, knee-length dress with lace and sparkles and a cat ears’ headpiece.
“We are in the process of pulling the product off our shelves and we apologize to any customers that may have been offended by the name,” Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt told Goodmorningamerica.com today.
Local ABC affiliate KATU first reported the costume on Tuesday after viewers spotted it at a Portland-area Walmart store.
By the next day, Wednesday, the same costume found at a store in Eugene, Ore., rang up as “item not for sale,” when a news reporter attempted to purchase it.
The costume has since been removed from Walmart’s website as well. Before it was removed, the costume was listed on the website as “Leopard child Halloween costume,” according to KATU.
The costume was priced at under $20.