A Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume has been slammed by transgender charities for “reducing a marginalized group to the butt of a joke.”
Jenner, 68, formerly known as Bruce, split from his wife Kris Jenner in 2014 before coming out as transgender a year later. The costume references his Olympic gold medal win in the men’s decathlon competition in 1976.
The “I Am Cait” outfit, which has the same name as Jenner’s reality TV show, has been removed from eBay but remains on Amazon.
According to the Daily Mail, an eBay spokesperson apologized: “This item is absolutely not permitted and the seller will be contacted directly.”
The transgender charity Stonewall added, “This is a reminder of how much is left to do to combat the abuse trans people face every day.
“This costume reduces a marginalized group to the butt of a joke. It should be taken off the shelves.”
Dr Jane Hamlin, who is the president of the transgender support group, the Beaumont Society, also said: “The transgender community has been getting quite a battering in the media recently because we would like to have autonomy over our own identities.
“We have become accustomed to insensitive mockery but had hoped that cisgender people had become tired of such stunts and realized that it is not funny.
“No one chooses to be trans. I am disappointed that anyone would want to sell this, and hope that no one will want to buy it.”
Despite the backlash, a rep for Costume Agent has since insisted they’re not going to stop selling the product.
They told TMZ: “It’s a costume. It’s funny.”
The publication also said it was the company’s No. 6 bestseller.
This is not the first time a Jenner costume has made headlines, with an online petition urging retailers to stop selling one of the reality TV star’s Vanity Fair outfits in 2015.