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'Osama Bin Laden' Costume Pulled Off Shelves
A turban-and-beard Halloween costume sold by some US retailers has been pulled off the shelves following complaints that it looked like an Osama bin Laden costume.
The Sikh Coalition, a US-based Sikh advocacy group, sent letters and called retailers such as Walmart and Amazon to press them to remove the costume.
The costume includes a white turban and full beard, and is pictured on a man wearing a camouflaged coat, similar to one bin Laden was shown wearing during an interview with a Pakistani journalist.
Fun World Costumes on its website simply calls it "Turban & Beard Instant Costume".
But the coalition said the costume was designed to make the wearer resemble the terrorist mastermind and was offensive.
"If you lost a loved one during the 9/11 attacks or during our nation's war against al Qaeda, or if someone attacked your father in a hate crime because he wears a turban, I doubt this costume would make you comfortable," said Rajdeep Singh, director of law and policy at the Sikh Coalition.
The costume has since been removed by retailers.
Last month, a Columbia University professor was attacked in upper Manhattan by a group of young men who called him "Osama" and a "terrorist". The professor, a Sikh man, wears a long beard and a turban.