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Pistorius 'Blade Gunner' dress costume pulled from Amazon

The global online retailer has come under fire for selling an offensive Oscar Pistorius costume.

Pistorius 'Blade Gunner' dress costume pulled from Amazon
Siphiwe SibekoReuters

Online store Amazon has removed a Halloween costume representing Oscar Pistorius from sale.

The 'Blade Gunner' costume, described as "sure to cause some controversy at your next event," received a public backlash for its poor taste.

It's just bad taste

Priced at £26.10, the costume was a green sleeveless shirt that says 'Blade Gunner' and is accompanied by shorts and a pair of socks meant to look like prosthetic legs. The image of the get-up shows a man holding a toy gun in his hand.

After being published, the dress received a huge amount of negative attention.

According to the Daily Mail, an Amazon spokesperson said the product "is no longer available". However, the costume is still offered on an online store called Joker’s Masquerade.

The description of the dress reads: "Cause lots of controversy at your next party with our Adult Blade Runner Costume. This eye catching, head turning costume idea is ideal for any event, whether it be Halloween or just a shindig at a friends.

"The Adult Blade Runner Costume includes a yellow and green South African motif vest with printed details. The printing features 'Blade Gunner' written across the torso with the number 2012 printed below on a white background. Also included is a pair of matching green and yellow shorts.

"Completing the costume are the black and silver boot covers that come up to just under the knee, giving the impression that you have metal running blades instead of legs, just like that infamous Paralympic‎ runner. Holding the boot covers up are the white knee pads that all Paralympians use to hold the false legs in place."

Pistorius case

The South African sprinter earned worldwide fame after reaching the semi-finals of the 200m in the 2012 London Olympics.

Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murdering girlfriend Steenkamp by shooting her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013. Pistorius claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority wants to extend the sprinter's sentence from six to 15 years.

Recently, Pistorius’ family claimed they would be taking legal action against the producers of a film entitled “Blade Runner Killer” which is due to be released on November 11.


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