Irish fancy dress shop flogs sick Islam 'terrorist' outfit aimed at kids

NewsBy Steven Moore
Our man outside the pop-up shop where the costume was being sold
Our man outside the pop-up shop where the costume was being sold

Kids could soon be trick-or-treating dressed as Muslim 'terrorists'.

The Sunday World was alerted last week that a pop-up fancy dress shop in Northern Ireland was selling the Islamaphobic outfits.

The attire, which claims to be a "children's terrorist costume" is nothing more than a traditional outfit worn by millions of Muslims - with a camouflage waistcoat thrown in.

It was being sold by a pop-up shop called 'Halloween' in the Diamond Shopping Centre in Coleraine, Co Derry, but the outfits were removed from sale after we confronted staff on Thursday morning.

A shopper called us to complain that they found the outfit offensive.

The Islamophobic costume that was being sold

"I couldn't believe they were selling something so offensive," said the caller.

"It just seemed the costume consisted of normal Islamic-style clothing. I'm not sure exactly what made it a terrorist outfit except for the army waistcoat."

Packaging on the outfit described it as a child's costume under the word 'terrorist'.

"It seems that wearing traditional dress and having a beard means you look like a terrorist, which sends out the message that all Muslims are terrorists," said the caller.

"It's pretty disgusting and the fact it's aimed at children makes it even worse."

Staff at the shop told the Sunday World the costume had been selling really well, although they admitted some customers had pointed out they didn't think it was appropriate.

The cheaply made outfit, which was on sale for £15, was supposed to consist of a traditional-style Islamic thobe, but in truth was just a pair of cheap polyester trousers and top.

We spoke to a man and a woman working in the shop, who both said they weren't the owners.

One staff member said: "I know some people might find them a bit sectarian, but I don't see what the problem is."

They refused to give us a contact number for the owner, but instead took our details so they could contact us, although nobody did.

Last week, Amazon were accused of selling racist outfits. They offered male customers the chance to dress up in an 'Arab' tunic and headdress, with a 'Palestine' scarf, which was modelled by a white man covered in what looks like face paint. Ladies could opt for a 'sexy Saudi burka Islamic costume'.

One customer left a one-star rating and wrote: "You're all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume."