Will the parade of grotesquely thoughtless and offensive Halloween costumes never cease? November is well underway, but we’re still getting word of new and stupider choices.
Last week it was a 22-year-old Michigan woman dressing as a “Boston Marathon bombing victim.” Now, news from across the pond about two young British women attired as the burning Twin Towers in the 9/11 attacks.
And not only did the two 19-year-old Chester University students, Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, think it was OK to turn the tragedy that took the lives of 2,996 people — including 67 from the United Kingdom — into a zany trick-or-treat get-up, a nightclub near their university gave them a prize worth the equivalent of $240.
At least these two didn’t proudly tweet out a photo of themselves, as did Alicia Ann Lynch who dressed as a marathon bombing victim. Nor is it yet known whether Langford and Collinge earlier posted nude photos of themselves online as Lynch did.
In any event, the students and the nightclub have now apologized. And the father of one of the women, a pilot himself, has promised to “be having a little chat” with his daughter about the display.
"I didn't know anything about it, but I'm not happy about it,” said Martin Langford. "She knows I'm a pilot and that's not cool at all.”
The women’s matching costumes, labeled “North Tower” and “South Tower,” were adorned with explosions while each woman wore a headpiece depicting billowing smoke and a human being falling from the tower.
An estimated 200 people died by falling from the towers before they collapsed. It is believed that at least some may have deliberately jumped in desperate attempt to escape the searing heat burning jet fuel inside the doomed buildings.
“We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused,” the two women said in a statement. “The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke.”
Given their current ages, the two women would have been seven-year-old schoolchildren when the 9/11 attacks occurred in 2001.
Nightclub owner Stonegate Pub Company, which run the Chester club Rosie’s where the costume contest took place, also issued an apology, blaming the problem on bad judgement by a DJ.