Nov 6 2013
The only thing more horrifying than these costumes was that someone thought they merited a cash prize. In a sickening stunt, two college students from Britain sparked outrage after they dressed as the burning Twin Towers and won a costume contest, the U.K. Sun reported.
NY Daily News Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19-year-old students at the University of Chester, donned matching costumes labeled “North Tower” and “South Tower,” and wore head pieces that represented smoke billowing from the tops of the doomed skyscrapers and individuals leaping to their deaths. Their disturbing hats were topped off with American flags.
Stunningly, their crude costumes won them the “best dressed” award, and a cash prize, in a costume contest at Rosie’s nightclub in Chester. But Langford’s retired pilot father was horrified by his daughter’s antics and said he would have a “little chat” with her, the newspaper reported.
Relatives of the 67 Brits who were among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks were disgusted by the girls’ disgraceful costumes. “This is unbelievable — 9/11 happened in their lifetime,” said Patricia Bingley, 79, who lost her son in the attacks. “It’s hard to understand where they’ve come from to do this without a thought for those who died or the families left behind.”
But that’s not all. Alicia Ann Lynch, a 22-year-old from Michigan, went to work dressed as a Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween and posted the pics on her social media accounts. She was fired for her stunt.
NY Daily News Alicia Ann Lynch, 22, regrets her “distasteful” outfit but said she and especially her parents don’t deserve the threats of death, mutilation and rape. “I’ve had voicemails where they want to slit my throat and they want to hang me and tear off my face,” Lynch said. “I’m just like, ‘I don’t even know how to respond to this right now.’”
The controversy began when Lynch posted photos of herself as a bloody victim, using her Twitter handle @SomeSKANKinMI. Lynch said she was fired from her job, which she hasn’t named.
The decision to wear the costume was “wrong,” Lynch said, but she thought it would be OK after she screened the idea with friends. “I wore a costume to work with people that know me and wouldn’t get offended by it,”she said. “I had even ran the idea by a friend whom had his father in the marathon, and he didn’t have an issue with it.”