Kim Kardashian Halloween costume inspired by robbery branded 'tasteless and completely disrespectful'

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Halloween is still weeks away but, as is well-established tradition, controversial costumes are already springing up. 

The site responsible for selling Cecil the Lion Halloween costumes has sparked fresh outrage by selling a costume inspired by Kim Kardashian West being robbed held up at gunpoint. 

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was allegedly bound and gagged in a luxury Paris apartment by two men who authorities say stole jewellery reportedly worth $9 million, including a $4 million ring.

The costume comes complete with a “fake gag”, a “white short sexy robe”, two inches of rope, a wig, sunglasses and ring, available for a total of $69.99. 

The description does not name the reality TV star, who has still not spoken publically about the assault, but explains how armed men broke into her apartment and “stole her jewellery and her peace of mind". 

“This Halloween it's all about the #Hallomeme and who better than America's goddess of all things glamorous ‘Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume?’ She has devoted her life to promoting American decadence, youth, and hedonism but all that flashy living caught up with her one night in Paris when armed men bound her, stole her jewellery and her peace of mind. This Halloween have some fun with pop culture and dress just like the Queen of Social media with our sensational ‘Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume’ Costume.”

The eight pages of comments in the product review section are largely from horrified viewers condemning the outfit and calling for a boycott: 

“This costume is not only f**king tasteless but completely disrespectful of a very serious situation that not only Kim Kardashian has experienced but countless other women and men.”

“This is literally so f**ked up, why are idiots like your stupid company trying to make a joke out of a serious traumatic tragedy.” 

“A woman being bound and gagged in fear and any violence against women is NEVER sexy or funny. Please don't spread that message.” 

But Costumeish founder and Vice President Johnathon Weeks said the outfit should be considered in light of the day it is supposed to be worn on. Responding to the reaction, he told Buzzfeed: “I’m sad that people are offended by it, but it is Halloween: it’s one day out of the year. Halloween should be a light-hearted, spirited party and people should be able to laugh at it and think it’s funny. We haven’t sold any yet, if that matters.”