Man who dressed as Madeleine McCann for Halloween apologises: ‘It was stupid, vile and disgusting’

2017-11-01 15:47
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A Scottish man who posted a picture online of himself in a bright blue Everton shirt and messy blonde wig has come under fire for dressing as missing British tot Madeleine McCann for Halloween. There’s no wondering who Daniel Gearie is trying to imitate for Halloween.

Daniel Gearie (25) meant it as a good-natured joke, but his costume has been branded “distasteful” and “sick”. He’s since apologised for his insensitive attire.

Daniel tweeted a picture of himself alongside an image of Maddie – who went missing while on vacation with her family in Portugal in 2007 – at the weekend.

He sarcastically captioned it: “You’ve taken it too far, Daniel.”

When his “joke” was received with harsh criticism, Daniel at first tried to defend himself.

“And before you say ‘this is sick’, etc., I know it is but I’m not the one who left a child unattended in a Portuguese hotel,” he wrote on the social network.

But he later realised his mistake and deleted the offending tweets before posting an apology.

“At the weekend I made the most incredibly stupid, vile and disgusting decision of my life.

“I can honestly say that I am embarrassed and disgusted by my own behaviour and can only apologise for any offence that I caused anyone.”

He went on to apologise to his family for the hurt he caused them and added that he will now be taking some time to reflect on who he is and how he can better himself as a person.

Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry, have responded via a spokesperson for their family.

“Kate and Gerry have never dignified this sort of offensive and cretinous behaviour with any sort of comment at all and they’re not going to start now,” the spokesperson told

“It’s right the material has been deleted.”

Others who were slammed for their costumes

Kim Kardashian

The reality TV star got major backlash for one of her Halloween outfits (she had three) this year.

Kim dressed up as singer Aaliyah – who died in a plane crash in 2001 – and was deemed “racist” for dressing as a black woman. Kim’s late dad, Robert Kardashian, was of Armenian descent.

Users quickly hit back at Kanye West’s wife, calling her costume “offensive” and “cultural appropriation”.

Kim is yet to comment.

Tomi Lahren

This American political commentator and former TV host is no stranger to controversy and it seems she’s struck again.

Tomi’s “patriotic” American flag Halloween costume has sparked debate around wearing the national flag as an outfit, with many calling her a hypocrite in light of her comments about NFL players “taking the knee”.

A few weeks ago she criticised NFL players for kneeling during the playing of the American national anthem. (African American sport stars have started kneeling during The Star-Spangled Banner as a form of protest against police brutality in the US.)

“I would like to ask these players, ‘What exactly are you kneeling for and why have you chosen the flag and the anthem to do it?’ ” she said.

After sharing the Halloween photo on Instagram, users quickly commented on the fact that kneeling in protest isn’t illegal, but wearing the American flag violates a portion of the US code which states: “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.”

Sources:,,, FM104

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