October 20, 2009, - 1:07 pm
You can sell Nazi memorabilia on Ebay. That’s “historic.” And you can sell the anti-Semitic “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” on Ebay, too.
But don’t try selling a funny illegal alien costume (designed by a left-winger). Ebay will yank it for being too offensive. . . if the seller is a secure borders group.
You’ve no doubt read about the absurd outrage over an illegal alien costume that features an extraterrestrial alien mask along with an orange jumpsuit and a green card. Ebay won’t allow Americans for Legal Immigration to sell it on the auction site. Yet, I looked, and at least one other vendor is allowed to continue selling it. That vendor, though, apparently isn’t selling it to call attention to the problems with our porous borders and the lack of adequate measures to thwart illegal aliens in our midst.
Check out the “tolerance” level of Ebay and America’s retailers when it comes to calling out and mocking criminal invaders:
Richard Zagone, a Chicago mask designer, says he was trying to be ironic when he and his brother came up with the “Illegal Alien” Halloween mask, a space alien with a droopy black mustache. . . .
Now Zagone, who says he is “as left-wing as they come,” is caught in a mini-firestorm over costumes their makers say are “illegal aliens.” Some Hispanic and immigration groups say they are offensive.
One costume is an orange jumpsuit with the words “ILLEGAL ALIEN” on the front, a space alien mask and a plastic green card.
It created a stir on Facebook and Twitter because it was being sold on the websites of major retailers, including Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens, Meijer and Amazon. By Monday, all had quit selling the item. . . .
Walgreens spokeswoman Vivika Vergara says the chain’s website stopped selling the costume “so it would not be subject to varied interpretation.”
Jalem Getz, CEO of BuySeasons, which owns buycostumes.com, says the get-up is not offensive and he’ll continue to sell it. “It’s not a caricature of an illegal immigrant; it’s a play on words,” he says.
William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration, which favors tighter controls, put a costume on eBay. Bids went to $116 before eBay pulled it.
“This is a spooky Halloween because, apparently, I no longer live in a country of free markets, free speech or free political expression,” Gheen says.
Yes and that’s scarier than any Halloween costume.
By the way, the marketplace has spoken, though none of the major retailers will listen to it. I checked Getz’s Buy Costumes site, and the costume is sold out. You can get on the wait list, though, because they expect to get more in by Thursday.
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