On September 28, 2011, CNN reported that a Florida ice cream shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because “passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.”
If you are wondering what the costume looked like, we actually sell it – as in, we sold it to this ice cream store. Hilarious, yes, and we’re quite proud that one of our Halloween costumes can attract so much attention, even if it is accidental. (We’re thinking of renaming it the “Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone.”) Anyway, here’s the picture that we showcase:
Nothing wrong there, right? The costume features an oversized vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top – absolutely nothing racist. Unless, of course, you were standing in the sun all day and the cone began to sag, causing it to look more like the iconic image of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.
The Florida store first noticed an issue when they saw a drop in business. But no matter how hard they searched, they could not find the problem. Eventually, customers called the store and yelled at them to take the mascot off the streets.
“We were just trying to get people to come in,” said Jasmine Gonzalez, store employee. “We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way.”
If you want a costume that is both appropriate for children and inappropriate for being accidentally racist, give this ice cream costume a swing.