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'Tranny Granny' Halloween Costume Pulled from Retailer Shelves

Now that Halloween is season is among us, it’s time to play the Your-Halloween-Costume-Is-Offensive game. Multiple retailers have pulled the latest subject of offense from their shelves, a controversial Halloween costume  called “Tranny Granny.”  Target, Walmart, and Amazon have yanked the costume from their stores and websites.

The description reads, “All the guys will be dressing up as superheroes and princes, but you will stand out among the rest in this hilarious Granny Men’s Costume!”

Included in the costume is a white tank dress covered in colorful flowers with a pink collar. It also has a “curvaceous butt and boob pads to complete the look.” Additionally, this particular granny “wouldn’t go anywhere without her pink babushka with flower design headband to keep her hair perfectly in place.” To top it all off, “slap on some makeup and get ready for your granny walk and you will have the room roaring with laughter!”

The costume retails for $64 and is manufactured by Rasta Imposta. If you really want the costume, it is for sale on Rasta’s website but the name has been changed to a less offensive “Manny Granny.”

Walmart told LGBTQNation that it removed the costume from its website because it “obviously” violated its terms of service for third-party retailers. “While it’s listed on other sites, it clearly violates our policy and was quickly removed once we were notified. We’re appalled this seller put it on our site to begin with,” a representative for the superstore said. And even though there’s an entire team dedicated to making sure there aren’t any offensive costumes, it seems the group missed this one.

If you are worried about how to participate in Halloween without offending anyone, here’s some help. College student Mahala Herron has some advice for avoiding controversy, specifically in regards to cultural appropriation. “Halloween is coming up, so everyone please remember that my culture isn’t a costume,” she tweeted.