Wal-Mart apologizes for offering "Fat Girl Costumes" for Halloween

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Wal-Mart apologizes for offering "Fat Girl Costumes" for Halloween

Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:20 pm



Walmart found itself sending apology tweet after apology tweet Monday after the Twitterverse raked it over the coals for a major goof on its website.

For whatever inexplicable reason, the retail giant's site featured a Halloween category, titled "Fat Girl Costumes."

You won't find it there now, thank goodness, but it stayed there for a large part of the morning -- and long enough for multiple screen grabs.

Truth in advertising, not always the best idea #walmart #fatgirlcostumes #Halloween pic.twitter.com/dz3HS1pUnf
— Michelle Bryson (@madbryson) October 27, 2014

The presence of the category was first reported by Jezebel, which in turn was alerted by a reader who stumbled upon it while looking for costumes.

It was basically a collection of costumes that you'd usually find on the site's plus-size women's section.

After Twitter users complained in droves, Wal-Mart took down the section and sent out multiple apology tweets.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/28/living/walmart-costume-controversy/

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Post by eddie on Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:01 pm

Wow that's a bit stupid of them! Why not go the whole hog and have a section for "anorexic girls" also?


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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:27 pm

eddie wrote:Wow that's a bit stupid of them! Why not go the whole hog and have a section for "anorexic girls" also?


It's so dumb it makes me wonder if some of the web design isn't being outsourced to China or somewhere where they don't really get the nuances of English ...


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Post by eddie on Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:16 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:
eddie wrote:Wow that's a bit stupid of them! Why not go the whole hog and have a section for "anorexic girls" also?


It's so dumb it makes me wonder if some of the web design isn't being outsourced to China or somewhere where they don't really get the nuances of English ...



You're probably right.
And I don't say that often.

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Re: Wal-Mart apologizes for offering "Fat Girl Costumes" for Halloween

Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:20 pm

eddie wrote:
Ben_Reilly wrote:
eddie wrote:Wow that's a bit stupid of them! Why not go the whole hog and have a section for "anorexic girls" also?


It's so dumb it makes me wonder if some of the web design isn't being outsourced to China or somewhere where they don't really get the nuances of English ...



You're probably right.
And I don't say that often.

Not nearly as often as you should ...

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:31 pm

eddie wrote:

I know exactly what you mean by that and I am DEEPLY offended.

Just because the use of a smiley isn't apparent at the time does not mean it will not one day present itself. At which point you'll smack your own forehead and wonder how you didn't see it before.

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