Manitoba

Halloween Alley pulls controversial Pocahottie costumes, apologizes

After controversy erupted over the Pocahottie Halloween costume, the retailer that carries them says it's now pulling the sexualized, aboriginal-themed outfit from its store shelves across the country.

Company says it received numerous complaints about Halloween outfit

After controversy erupted over the Pocahottie Halloween costume, the retailer that carries them says it's now pulling the sexualized, aboriginal themed outfit from its store shelves across the country. 

The outfit for women depicts the aboriginal historical figure Pocahontas in a short, low-cut dress.

CBC's story Tuesday, which highlighted some of the negative reaction to the costume in Winnipeg, received 195 comments. 

Tony Hugens, director of retail development at the Edmonton-based company, Halloween Alley, told CBC the decision was made Wednesday morning to pull the costume from all 37 stores across Canada, including here in Winnipeg.

Hugens said the company received numerous complaints about the costume from several stores. He said the stores are all family-run, and the company did not intend to offend anyone.

Read the company's apology below. 

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