A mom's "open letter" to Party City went viral after she objected to the company's interpretations of costumes for young girls
Lin Kramer singled out the toddler section of Party City's website, comparing the police officer costumes being sold for boys and girls (photo above).
Kramer criticized the company for offering an "antiquated" view, arguing that there are 16 occupation-themed costumes for boys, but only three for girls.
While Halloween costumes are undoubtedly about "make-believe," it is unfathomable that toddler girls and boys who might be interested in dressing up as police officers are seeking to imagine themselves in the incongruent way your business apparently imagines them. Toddler girls are not imagining and hoping that they will grow up to become a 'sexy cop' --- which is clearly what your girl costume suggests; rather, young girls, just as young boys, see and admire their family members and neighbors offering service to their communities and delight in the idea of doing the same. I am absolutely appalled that your business reinterprets girls' innocent and well-intentioned dreams into this costume.
Party City wrote back, briefly thanking Kramer for her feedback and saying they would consider it for the future.
Kramer later said that Party City deleted the letter, and many supportive comments, from its Facebook page and blocked her.
In a statement to Huffington Post, Party City offered to speak to Kramer directly and noted that the costume Kramer referred to is one of its top sellers.
Party City values customer feedback and appreciates our customers taking the time to share their opinion with us. Nothing we carry is meant to be offensive and we supply Halloween costumes suitable for all styles, tastes, and budgets.
We expect parents to be as involved in their children's costume selections as they are in selecting their everyday wardrobe, and we encourage parents to shop with their children. We supply the types of products that our customers, and specifically parents, demand, and the Girls Cop Costume mentioned by Ms. Lin Kramer is one of our most popular costumes.
We understand this is a sensitive issue. Party City is always evaluating how to make shopping in our stores and online a fun, welcoming experience and her feedback has been shared with the costume manufacturers and leadership teams at Party City. If Ms. Lin Kramer would like to speak directly with a Party City team member, she's welcome to contact us and we hope to connect with her soon.
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