October 20, 2009, - 1:07 pm

OUTRAGE: Ebay Yanks Illegal Alien Costume for Sale by Secure Borders Group

By Debbie Schlussel

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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17 Responses

ebay/paypal is a criminal organization


Bob S. on October 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

And here I thought political correctness did not dictate market tastes.

Oy vey!

NormanF on October 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    NormanF: What irony in your reply where you conclude with “oy vey” of all words! Political correctness and tolerance has been a Jewish zeal for decades; to what complaint have you when the liberties of speech and thought are violated when such is the obvious consequence the mentioned agenda?

    Das Wulf on November 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Debbie I looked at it – he can sell the mask but apparently NOT the costume. That must be offensive to the Alien Nation within our borders – and we can’t have that. What will eBay do next? Yank sales of the American Flag?

Its getting to be absurd.

NormanF on October 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I did not know that immigrant rights groups dealt with non-human life forms.

    Sorrow01 on October 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Being an illegal alien is not racist because an illegal alien is not a race. Being an illegal alien is regarding the status of your residency, whether you are in the country legally or not. And who is to be offended? A criminal. So now we are not to offend a criminal who is not supposed to be here. This is PC crap is ridiculous.
I suppose if an illegal is offended there is one solution, deport yourself and you wont be an illegal alien and it wont apply to said person.

CaliforniaScreaming on October 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

If the costume mask is sold out, just go buy a hugh fake mustache and a sombrero and you will have a true illegal alien costume.

Jarhead on October 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

We now have completely lost our effing minds! PC run amok BS !No wonder our enemies are laughing!

Drakken on October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I agree with you Bob. ebay is the real criminal. They just steal people’s money. That’s why I use sellbits.com. They don’t rip you off and are much easier to use.

Adam on October 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

You can only get away with mocking a protected class if you are a member of that class.

Simply require the seller to prove he/she/it is an illegal alien, and let the capitalist carnage continue!

(Wish I could get away with wearing this while driving to work…)

Dan Oblak on October 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Immigrant rights groups are offended by a costume? I don’t give a $#@* who it offends! I am persoanlly OFFENDED that Walgreens and Target and eBay and all the other retailers that lack testicles have pulled this costume! I’ll be damned if any of them will be getting any of my business any time soon! Stay AWAY from these cowering retailers! Take your purchasing power elsewhere!

Pissed Off on October 21, 2009 at 12:42 am

Are they going to purge all the pirate costumes? What about the insult to Anglos?

Steve Ventry on October 21, 2009 at 4:38 am

Ridiculous! Ebay’s Awful

John on November 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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