Oh dear, Asda stores have fallen foul of the media and health campaigners for selling ‘mental patient’ fancy dress costumes because it fuels stigma. And the media would never ever dream of stigmatising mental health, would they?
It nothing new, of course – I was writing about a similar story way back in 2004 – but from what I can gather, it isn’t the costume that causes the offence, just the label.
Perhaps if they’d called it a ‘stock horror movie cliché’ costume that would have been okay.
But what really offends me is this: why are they selling Halloween costumes in September? That should have been the headline.