Anne Frank Halloween costume faces backlash from Twitterverse

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — An “Anne Frank costume for girls” being sold on online Halloween costume stores whipped up controversy across the internet Monday.

The costume included a green beret, blue coat, brown satchel and name tag.

As of Monday evening, the questionable outfit was still available at Walmart, though a spokesman said the company is “looking into” it.

The costume is being marketed as “Child World War II Evacuee Girl Costume” on the retail giant’s website.

Screenshots of the costume were widely shared across Twitter, with many questioning the insensitive or questionable nature of the outfit.

The picture of the costume features a young girl with her hand on her hip and a slight smile.

The marketing text touts the costume as a bit of an homage to the historical hero, saying the young victim of the Holocaust “could become an inspiration to us all.”

Additional text says “your child can play the role of a World War II hero with this girls’ World War II costume.” The description goes on to detail the fabric and materials used to construct the outfit.

Carlo Sage with the Anti-Defamation League accused retailers of trivializing Frank’s memory when it should instead by commemorated in “better ways.” defended the outfit, saying the costume has “many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays,” though it was ultimately pulled from the site.

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