'Osama bin Laden' costume pulled from shelves

U.S. retailers have pulled an Osama bin Laden look-alike Halloween costume off their shelves after...

U.S. retailers have pulled an Osama bin Laden look-alike Halloween costume off their shelves after complaints by the Sikh Coalition. (Screengrab/Fun-World.net/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

U.S. retailers -- including Walmart and Amazon -- have pulled an Osama bin Laden look-alike Halloween costume off their shelves after complaints by the Sikh Coalition.

In letters to retailers, the coalition says the "turban and beard instant costume," which is pictured on a man wearing a camouflaged coat, resembles Osama bin Laden.

"This item insults those who lost loved ones during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, insults American soldiers injured or killed in pursuit of al-Qaida, and perpetuates negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities," the letter reads.

In September, Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh, who is Sikh, was attacked and called a terrorist while walking in Central Park in New York City. A Somali muslim was also attacked a short time later.


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