Every Halloween, a costume that inevitably incites outrage makes its way into stores. But the World War II Evacuee and "Anna Rexia" outfits are nothing compared to the soullessness of a James Holmes latex mask that was listed on eBay for $500.
The listing, which was initially scheduled to expire a week from now, has been removed from the auction site, but not before Denver Westward caught wind of what is possibly the most offensive Halloween mask of all time.
According to the website, realface13 advertised the product as something to "SHOCK EVERYONE YOU KNOW," and asked potential buyers to, "imagine owning the mask of supposedly the most dangerous mass murderer in US history." The seller claims he acquired the mask, which was custom-designed for a private collector, by winning a high-stakes poker tournament in Europe.
The listing was quickly removed by eBay on Friday. A representative for the company told 9News.com the listing was taken down because it it did not comply with its policy barring offensive materials:
"Out of respect for victims of violent crimes, eBay does not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering."
ABC News spoke with Josh Nolan, one of the injured victims of the theater shooting, who said he was outraged about the listing.
"That just took the cake right there. I'm too upset to think about it," he told the news outlet.
The Listing (via Denver Westward):
Halloween is only a month away. SHOCK EVERYONE YOU KNOW! He was referred to as "The Joker", "The Dark Knight Shooter," "The Ilama," "The Extraordinary Gifted" but his real name is JAMES HOLMES! There is nothing more scary than crawling into James Holmes mind and wearing his face. His "soul penetrating eyes" and "The Joker" orange hair makes this mask the most disturbing object you will ever own. Imagine owning the mask of supposedly the most dangerous mass murderer in US history. This is a high quality latex rubber mask which was custom designed for a private collector overseas. I won this mask playing high stakes poker tournament when I was in Europe. I guaranty you that this is the only mask in the world and it is practically priceless because it was used in the production of the most controversy documentary which will come out in 2013. This mask is sold as is and there are no returns. If you have 0 feedback and you are interested to bid on this item you have to contact me first. I will ship the mask immediately after I receive the payment. Good luck!
That's right, kids. Put on this velour catastrophe, grab your pimp cane and go put some bitches to work!
What's creepy, offensive, pun-y and completely random? This Halloween disaster.
When you were watching "Finding Nemo," didn't you just say to yourself, "Wow, if only he was a hot girl instead of a fish!" Dreams do come true! (From <a href="http://www.yandy.com/Finding-Clownfish.php">Yandy.com</a>)
No more beer for this guy.
I didn't know that eating disorders were sexy AND hilarious.
People always say that Halloween is an excuse for women to dress like sluts, but from everything we've seen this holiday is an equal opportunity catastrophe. How would explain this costume to your mother, daughter, sister, friends, uncles, bus driver, or mailman? (Thanks for the tip, Jay!)
While the other children in this slideshow are paid models for costume sites, this one is not, so we decided to block his face. Suffice to say, he had a creepy look of unadulterated joy on his face leading us to believe his parents are the worst people ever.
If you wear this costume you MUST go around all night doing the shocker with both hands just to get the point across that you're a complete douche.
Side note: Those shots he's carrying are totally roofied.
I wonder how many white frat boys will put on this cartoonish representation of a Rasta? At least the squishy headpiece will soften the blows they will undoubtedly receive.
Is it more degrading to wear this ridiculous shirt with boobs attached, or to just wear a wet, white T-shirt and risk getting on Girls Gone Wild?
When you're wearing a sexy costume to a Halloween party, it's probably a good idea to stay away from sedatives and not bring your own restraints.
Anyone want this guy's number? Didn't think so.
That's right moms, teach her early on what non-specific "Divas" dress like.
When you decide to pull off an extremely creepy costume, it's best to let your attitude match it. Yeah, it's a dead baby but she's cool with it.
When I think Halloween, my mind always goes straight to "Prison Rape"
I'm not sure what social commentary this is trying to say, if any, but somehow it's more offensive because of the little dog.
Eminem? Run DMC? L.L. Cool J? No, it's billy from down the street looking like a jackass. Sweet tats, though!
I don't get it. What's his superpower? The ability to impregnate women or carry STDs? He didn't need a costume to do that.
This description speaks for itself (full of typos): "Although she doesnt have much of a personality, she is still drop dead gorgeous in this body bag dress, Im sure you have the personality and in this you will be gorgeous. Stretch satin mini dress with hood and a two way zipper front which can zip all the way up the hood, this is sleeveless and has a vest style finish at the back. One breast has an outline of a body printed on to it an PROPERTY OF THE CORONER. Pack includes Coroners name tag fitted to a choker Jane Doe and matching fingerless gloves. (3 piece set). Fabrics are listed as 95% polyester and 5% spandex. and other accessories are available separately." (Thanks, Belinda!)
Nothing says class like wearing a circus tent on your dick. (Thanks for the tip, Karen!)
If you wear this, it's the closest you'll come to seeing one that night.
The world's biggest fan of the band Aqua. (via <a href="http://i.imgur.com/7mKEu.jpg" target="_hplink">Reddit</a>)
We've seen homemade Hitler costumes before (which are also ridiculous) but this commercial version just blows us away. (Via <a href="http://dailyhitler.blogspot.com/2009/10/hitler-costume.html" target="_hplink">Daily Hitler</a>)
Of all the costumes that scream "I have a penis!" this has got to be the most frightening. (<a href="http://www.halloween31.com/pages-productinfo-category-6_298-product-4908/adult-costumesx-rated-adult-onlybanana-flasher-adult-funny-costume.html" target="_hplink">Via Halloween 31</a>)
Who's worse: The inventors of this costume, or the parents of the girl modeling it? (via <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/09/29/and-the-most-sexist-halloween-costume-award-goes-to%E2%80%A6/" target="_hplink">Ms. Magazine</a>)
This is just wrong. (thanks Jane!)
The subtext is that this is actually a statement against sexist <i>and</i> racist Halloween costumes. (via <a href="http://www.buy.com/prod/sexy-making-reservations-indian-costume-native-american-indian-costumes/q/sellerid/14960765/loc/64935/217030375.html" target="_hplink">Buy.com</a>)
I think even the baby understands how offensive this is. (via <a href="http://www.costumecraze.com/BABY180.html?c=cj,BABY180?c=cj" target="_hplink">CostumeCraze.com</a>)
Just in case you want to dress up as "WTF" this Halloween. (via <a href="http://www.unionversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/worst-halloween-costume-ever1.jpg" target="_hplink">Unionversity.com</a>)
There are some things that just should never be made into a "sexy" Halloween costume. Cookie Monster is definitely one of them. (Via <a href="http://www.bestweekever.tv/2010-09-13/slutty-cookie-monster-costume-raises-numerous-male-fantasy-questions/" target="_hplink">Best Week Ever</a>)
Just like our bestiality friend above, this costume relies on the belief that having sex with a sheep is hilarious. And again - the commercial version is so much more disturbing than the homemade version. (Via <a href="http://www.halloween31.com/pages-productinfo-category-6_74-product-1514/adult-costumesfunny-wild-and-wackycountry-lovin-costume.html" target="_hplink">Halloween 31</a>)
We're not exactly sure what a "rapsta" is but we're pretty sure kids shouldn't dress up as one. (via <a href="http://trueslant.com/daviddisalvo/2009/10/29/kids-halloween-costumes-gone-wrong-expose-big-contradictions/" target="_hplink">Trueslant.com</a>)
Even without being the Son of God, a child with a beard of irredeemably creepy. (via <a href="http://www.buycostumes.com/Jesus-Child-Costume/70124/ProductDetail.aspx?REF=AFC-datafeed&AID=10273928&PID=1758739&SID=blog+top+10+worst+kids+halloween+costumes+jesus+costume" target="_hplink">BuyCostumes.com</a>)
WHY? (Thanks Samantha! <a href="http://www.mycheapcostume.com/" target="_hplink">Via</a>)
His name might as well be Alad-don't (Thank Jennifer! <a href="http://www.mycheapcostume.com/pages-productinfo-category-28_75-product-5268/adult-costumesfunny-humorousgenie-in-the-lamp-adult-costume.html" target="_hplink">Via</a>)