‘Offensive’ Oscar Pistorius ‘Blade Gunner’ costume causes uproar

2017-10-23 15:14
PHOTO: Gallo images/ Getty images

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Global online retailer Amazon has come under fire for selling an Oscar Pistorius Halloween costume on their site.

An image of the so-called Blade Gunner costume shows a man wearing socks meant to look like prosthetic legs and a green athlete’s kit with a shirt that says “Blade Gunner”. He holds a toy gun in his hand.

The costume was priced at £26,10 (R467) by the online retailer and contained a description that read:

“This Paralympic runner costume is sure to cause some controversy at your next event. Includes top, shorts, boot covers and knee pads.”

It was immediately taken down by the store after social media users expressed outrage over the costume. One Twitter user dubbed the outfit “the most offensive costume ever.”

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Mail that the costume was no longer available.

“Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The product in question is no longer available.”

Oscar was sentenced to six years imprisonment for murder in 2016, after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.

The 30-year-old maintained that he believed that she was an intruder throughout his trial.

Sources: Twitter, Daily Mail, The Telegraph

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