Target Stores Pulls Illegal Alien Costume After Uproar

October 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)—File this story under the category of: What were they thinking? Target stores was recently forced to remove an illegal alien Halloween costume from its website, after complaints from Latino groups for being offensive and just plain dumb.

The costume on Target’s website portrayed a bug-eyed X-Files type space alien mask carrying a green card and wearing a bright orange-red prison jumpsuit with the words “Illegal Alien” emblazoned across the front.

After viewing the offensive costume, several Latino groups issued public condemnation of the costume, complaining it was insensitive to the Latino community.

Executive director of the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights, Angelica Salas, called the costume “distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant…”

Lizette Olmos, national communications director for the League of United Latin American Citizens, referred to the costume as “really disturbing”

Target responded to the public uproar by removing the offensive illegal alien costume from its website. And how did such a bigoted Halloween costume make it into their costume lineup for 2009? A data entry error of course.

Target released a statement saying, that the costume was never intended to be on the company’s website and attributed its appearance to a human error made during data entry.



12 Responses to “Target Stores Pulls Illegal Alien Costume After Uproar”

  1. Old Man Dotes on October 18th, 2009 12:58 pm

    “After viewing the offensive costume, several Latino groups issued public condemnation of the costume, complaining it was insensitive to the Latino community.”

    Call me what you like, this statement says to me that the Latino groups in question are claiming that the majority of illegal aliens are Latino.

    Seems like a stupid thing to do, in my opinion.

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  4. Blaine on October 20th, 2009 9:36 am

    Great so if I wear a cereal box on my head and am covered in blood with a knife in my hand and go out as a “Cereal Killer” I can expect to get a letter complaining that this is offensive to those incarcirated in our penal system. Get real folks, get a lfie and a sense of humour. Wow there is so much more to worry about.

  5. David on October 20th, 2009 1:35 pm

    How is it insensitive? How about this. Follow the laws and come here legally or do not come here at all.

    It is a costume that makes fun of people who are violating the law … i.e. ILLEGAL alien.. i.e. people who come into the U.S. illegally and stay here without abiding by the law.

  6. Duh_Progressive on October 20th, 2009 2:28 pm

    File this story under “What were they thinking?” Why don’t you all take this story and shove it? There is nothing offensive here; just another round of hyper-sensitive race-baiters trying to justify their silly existence by creating hostility where there is none. Why don’t we all either trick, treat, or chill the hell out!

  7. Black Saint on October 20th, 2009 3:44 pm

    Our government fails the most basic and primary task & duty of government, to protect this Nation and its Citizens from invasion and enforce its laws.
    Our Government, past & present, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals and uneducated peons which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means & in direct violation of Article IV Section IV of our Constitution.
    This refusal to abide by our Constitution or enforce our Immigration Laws should be classified as Treason of the most foul kind, & as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason!
    Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions on Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders numerous children, and free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws and massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens at an rate the terrorist can only dream about.
    Recent statements in Mexico from both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary something needs to be done. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers, and civilians,” Hillary whined.
    But no mention, whines, concern or care that their refusal to stop the Massive Invasion of Illegal Aliens pouring across our borders or enforce our immigration laws that causes an estimated 25 Americans deaths per day and 10,s of thousands victims of Assault, Robberies, Rapes, Identify thief, and other assorted crimes committed by the invading horde of Illegal Aliens from Mexico on American citizens each year!
    It is a telling indictment & shows their Empathy & Compassion of our Politicians & their priorities are not for the American citizens when they express more concern over Mexicans deaths mostly connected to the Drug trade, than the murders, havoc & crimes of Illegal Aliens against American Citizens!
    The Democrats view the invading horde of Criminals and Uneducated third world rejects as Undocumented Welfare Democrats & the Republicans as Undocumented Slave labor for their Pay Masters in the Chamber of Commerce & Businesses!
    Most of our Politicians in Wash. DC are wading knee deep in innocent American blood and suffering because they put Self Interest ahead of the interest of American Citizens & the future of this Nation!
    The Citizens of this Nation have not sacrificed with blood, sweat & tears for over 200 years & obeyed the Laws of the land, paid the taxes, and fought the wars & built this Nation to see Corrupt politicians turn this Nation into the United States of Mexico without a shot being fired, to serve their demented, nefarious goals and lust for power!

  8. on October 22nd, 2009 3:20 pm

    Like it or not we still got them for sale

  9. Tom on October 27th, 2009 7:55 am

    I can’t believe it upset the ILLEGAL ALIENS, I say go back where you came from. We don’t want you here. I was born an FREE AMERICAN but have to pay for you to live here. You drive cars without insurance and that means you hit someone and and WE pay for your mistakes. Go back to Mexico and stay NOBODY WANTS YOU HERE. SPEAK ENGLISH THAT’S THE AMERICAN WAY. NOT SPANISH GET REAL JOBS NOT TAKE OTHER PEOPLES JOBS AWAY FROM THEM AT A LOWER RATE. STAY OUT OF OUR USA. OR WE WILL ALL SHIP YOUR BUTTS OUT TO WAR YEA GREAT IDEA. SHIP THEM OUT WITHOUT TRAINING.

  10. dakota on October 27th, 2009 3:13 pm

    Damn thaty shit is rude. Had no idea Target felt like that bout us Latinos. That was really upseting especially since I am a regular customer.

  11. Whining Liberals on October 31st, 2009 8:49 am

    Playing the race card again as if it pertains to this incident. It’s a costume for illegal aliens(outer space), not illegal aliens who are Hispanic. Basically it can pertain to any illegal immigrant regardless of race.

    Funny how I don’t hear the League of United Latin American Citizens saying anything about the amount of felonies committed by Hispanics each day. Or how many of them are here illegally. A costume they think offends them is the least of their problems.

    I think the costume is great. If you don’t like it then don’t buy it.

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