Sexy cop, sexy Snow White and sexy corn have new, topical competition in the skimpy Halloween-wear section: Meet "Sexy Ebola Containment Suit," the most awkward and arguably insensitive of them all.
Online retailer BrandsOnSale, which bills itself as a "Unique Costume Shop and more" unveiled the new ensemble days ago, featuring a short white dress, face shield, breathing mask, safety goggles and blue latex gloves at $59.99 per costume. A pair of bright yellow knee-high rubber boots can be purchased at an additional cost.
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The Internet met the news of the costume with mixed responses.
"I'm in complete and utter disgust," one Twitter user reacted, while another questioned the costume's existence.
"The fact that there's a sexy ebola nurse costume proves the sexy costumes have gone out of control," another wrote.
Others found the gear humorous, writing "Ladies, you've still got time..."
The introduction of "Sexy Ebola Containment Suit" comes on the heels of an Internet hoax in which an older image of a "Sexy Breaking Bad" costume featuring a reconstructed yellow hazmat suit was digitally altered to appear as if it were a "Sexy Ebola Nurse" in 2014.
But will anyone actually buy these outrageous outfits? Yes, if recent trends are any indication.
The National Retail Federation last month predicted that Americans will spend $2.8 billion on Halloween-wear this year, with $1.4 billion of that amount on adult costumes to outfit approximately 75 million grown-ups. Those numbers contribute to a record two-thirds of Americans buying costumes.
And with all of the headgear attached to the "Sexy Ebola Containment Suit," anyone wearing it probably won't be able to read any of the tweets deriding them for bad taste either.