Written by John Squires
The War on Halloween continues.
In the year 2016, pretty much everything is offensive, and Halloween has in recent years become enemy number one of those who just can’t stop getting offended. Every year we tend to write up at least a couple stories that fit that bill, and this latest one comes our way courtesy of Fortune…
Over in Toronto, Ontario, a line of “Scary Creeper Peeper” Halloween decorations recently drew the ire of one Home Depot customer, the woman complaining that the decorations “make light of predatory behavior against women.” The decorations, which are also available in stores across the US, are meant to be affixed to the outside of windows via suction cups, and they depict either a clown or a creepy dude peering in through the window.
The woman feels that the decorations downplay voyeurism, and she fails to see the humor in them.
“It makes light of a very serious crime,” she said. “Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.”
In response to the complaint, Home Depot pulled the decorations off their shelves.
“We agree that this is not in line with our core values, and when we heard, took immediate action and are currently in the process of removing this product from our assortment,” said a Home Depot spokesperson. “We’ve reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We’re sorry for any offense that was caused.”
“We at Scary Peeper would never, ever, condone any type of violence,” the owners of the company told Fortune in a statement. “Our intention for this product is for it to be used as a fun-spirited prank. We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has been offended by our products, and certainly, to those who have been victimized by voyeurs.”