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Walmart Pulls Bin Laden Costume from Site Following Request

BENTONVILLE, AR -- The retailer took this "turban & beard instant costume" off its website last Friday, following a request from the Sikh Coalition, which claimed the outfit was offensive.
We sincerely apologize to any costumers who may have been offended by this costume.
BENTONVILLE, AR -- Walmart has pulled a Halloween costume some are calling offensive. The retailer took this "turban & beard instant costume" off its website last Friday, following a request from the Sikh Coalition. According to the Sikh advocacy group, the costume is offensive to 9-11 victims and promotes negative stereotypes which can lead to discrimination.

A Walmart rep tells KNWA the company immediately removed the costume from its retail website. It was not available in stores. The retailer also released a statement saying, "We sincerely apologize to any costumers who may have been offended by this costume."

KNWA also reached out to the Sikh Coalition, which gave us the following statement via email. "We are thankful to Walmart for promptly removing this item but we ask that the company strengthens its internal controls to make sure this doesn't happen again. Businesses like Walmart have a moral responsibility to use good judgment."

The costume in question was also dropped by other online retailers, like Amazon and Sears, but remains available on its manufacturer's website, Fun-World.net.
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