Target has taken down an “illegal alien” costume from their website after “several complaints,” including one from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which called it “distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform.”
The product description reads “He didn’t just cross a border, he crossed a galaxy! He’s got his green card, but it’s from another planet! Sure to get some laughs, the Illegal Alien Adult Costume includes an orange prison-style jumpsuit with ‘Illegal Alien’ printed on the front, an alien mask and a ‘green card.'”
A Target spokesman said that they totally didn’t mean to sell the costume, which was on the site by mistake. Toys”R”Us also removed it from their site. If Amazon, Meijer, and Walgreens made a similar mistake, they haven’t caught it yet.
The forces of political correctness also passed by the company selling the Sexy Illegal Alien costume, which comes with Dress, Sombrero, Handcuffs and Sunglasses (Accessories sold separately), or at least didn’t get there until after they sold out.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 17, 2009