Ah, Halloween. That time of year when standards for behavior and common human decency go out the window.
Lot of people see Halloween as an opportunity to be as crass and offensive as possible, and costume companies know that. So the fact that an "Anne Frank" costume has popped up this year is really only surprising because you'd think it would have already been around for awhile:
Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy noted the costume is labeled as Anne Frank, tweeted about it, and then chased it to retailers off of Amazon, like Walmart, who apparently sell the item.
People were offended by the thought of dressing kids up as a girl who is famous for having died during the Holocaust.
There r better ways 2 commemorate Anne Frank. This is not one. We should not trivialize her memory as a costume.— carlosgeADL (@carlosgeADL) October 16, 2017
Though some contended that the issue was how the costume was named. It is actually intended to be a British evacuee, which is an aspect of WWII history that not as many Americans are familiar with, and it was possible that whoever wrote the copy was trying to attract attention by using a well-known historical figure as a name.
But some content writer thought WWII child = Anne Frank to drive up the search numbers, w/o considering (horrifying) implications of that— little gemini (@emerymaskall) October 17, 2017
Either way, there are some people who think dressing a kid up as a historical figure is positive, as opposed to a Disney princess.
There was a FB post for costume suggestions of strong girls/women - Frida, Goodall, O'Malley. Why not Anne instead of another Dis princess?— Itsstormie (@itsstormie) October 17, 2017
But I'm going to respectfully disagree and say that it's tasteless—and your kid probably would much rather be a Disney princess, lady.
At least one company agrees:
Thank you for letting us know about this. We're are looking into it now. -Em— Walmart Help (@walmarthelp) October 16, 2017