Another example of the photos “making” the story. From the 12 September 2004 issue.
Trick or Trick
“They’re not serious,” says Bob Davidson of Brands On Sale, which is selling Halloween costumes on line: several different “pimp” outfits (“Pimp hat sold separately.”) for boys, and a “ho” outfit for girls. No, they’re not just for adults: child sizes go down to age 4. The Cerritos, Calif., company says they’re selling “fine” at $40-50, but admits there’s an uproar over the outfits. They don’t care. “We’re selling them,” Davidson says. “If you don’t want to buy one, don’t buy one. I’m not going to talk to you about it.” Dr. Elisa Medhus, author of Raising Children Who Think for Themselves, says the costumes are degrading. “This is really unbelievable,” she says. “Why don’t you just dress them up as a dog and put them on a leash?” (Philadelphia Inquirer) …I guess she didn’t look through the entire catalog.
Despite the bravado expressed by the company’s spokesman, “Brands On Sale” appears to have backed off — the costumes are gone from their web site. But True has the photos!
Emphasis on the Trick
|Your own little Huggy Bear! Your youngster can get an early start on forming his stable thanks to this stylish outfit. Pimpin’ — it’s not just for Halloween anymore! And don’t you worry a thing about your little girl: she’s covered too with a little Ho costume of her own.|
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