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    Leopard Costume Pulled From WalMart Shelves

    I didn't find this posted anywhere (maybe there's a reason for that).

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyl...tume-for-kids/

    Walmart has pulled its “Naughty Leopard” costume for toddlers after customers complained about the costume’s suggestive name. The costume itself consisted of a sleeved, knee-length dress with lace and sparkles and a cat ears’ headpiece.

    What're your thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.James View Post
    I didn't find this posted anywhere (maybe there's a reason for that).

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyl...tume-for-kids/

    Walmart has pulled its “Naughty Leopard” costume for toddlers after customers complained about the costume’s suggestive name. The costume itself consisted of a sleeved, knee-length dress with lace and sparkles and a cat ears’ headpiece.

    What're your thoughts?
    People with too much time on their hands?

    jmo

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    Well I did have problems with the pole dancing kit for kids but this seems a bit much.. Just because of the name.

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    I suppose since I’ve asked for your thoughts I thought I should offer mine.

    I will say this is something I would have put it on my daughter (although, we didn’t buy costumes). I thought it was cute and girlish.
    I can’t make out some parts of it (the tights?), exactly, so would need to see it close up before seriously commenting anything else.

    The name: I believe someone made a bad word choice. We have come to associate some words as sexy or dirty or alluring because they’ve become cliché in certain genres.
    When my daughter turned her computer to show me, I shook my head and said, ‘Eew, wrong choice.’ Otherwise, I couldn’t see anything offensive.

    Funny how our brains learn to associate and stereotype such things as words. Remember when we would all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home? When’s the last time you heard that word used like that?
    But we do the same thing with words that we do with people. Although, I’ve no idea why (in any usage) they would use “naughty” there.

    Just my opinion.

    Edit: I've never seen or heard of the pole dancing kit for kids. Wow.

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    I had a flashback to my favorite girl band.,,
    Josie and the Pussycats


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I had a flashback to my favorite girl band.,,
    Josie and the Pussycats

    It is familiar with that. I would've dressed up like that in a minute. And, Jeannie (I Dream of Jeannie). I'm fairly sure that wouldn't be considered proper today, but would have loved it when I was a kid.

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    There is nothing wrong with the costume itself, but whoever decided on that name for a toddler costume needs to take a better marketing course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisser View Post
    There is nothing wrong with the costume itself, but whoever decided on that name for a toddler costume needs to take a better marketing course.
    I happen to like the word naughty to describe children's bad behavior. I think it's a cute appropriate word. It's a darn shame the English language is being taken hostage by the "word police"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I happen to like the word naughty to describe children's bad behavior. I think it's a cute appropriate word. It's a darn shame the English language is being taken hostage by the "word police"


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    I use the word naughty with my own daughter to describe her behaviour too. It's the connotation in relation to a costume that brings on the double meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisser View Post
    I use the word naughty with my own daughter to describe her behaviour too. It's the connotation in relation to a costume that brings on the double meaning.
    I rather enjoy sitting back and reading comments from both views on things like this as it sometimes makes me think harder than I would have.

    I do believe the word has taken a bad rap (in these parts, leastways).
    Although, I can see the word being suitably used with a costume that has such a thing as an angel holding a trident and being called "naughty angel".

    I thought the leopard costume to be too cute to be passable as naughty (in the unstereotypical sense). I just don't get it. That's just me.

    I enjoy having my thoughts provoked.
    Just my opinion (for now).


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    Quote Originally Posted by M.James View Post

    I thought the leopard costume to be too cute to be passable as naughty (in the unstereotypical sense). I just don't get it. That's just me.
    RSBM

    That's just it. It's a cute costume for a toddler girl. There is nothing at all wrong with the costume itself. So, why not call it a "cute leopard" or a "pretty leopard" instead of using "naughty", a word that gets plenty of use in adult costumes that are fully intended to be provocative.

    It was an unnecessary adjective to use IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisser View Post
    RSBM

    That's just it. It's a cute costume for a toddler girl. There is nothing at all wrong with the costume itself. So, why not call it a "cute leopard" or a "pretty leopard" instead of using "naughty", a word that gets plenty of use in adult costumes that are fully intended to be provocative.

    It was an unnecessary adjective to use IMO.
    Well... I would hope in a country where everyone is provided access to a free public education...adults would be capable of understanding two conflicting definitions for a word and be intelligent enough to distinguish between the two, which is the correct one for usage
    In the scenario.



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    My guess is that it was made in a country where the people who named it have a somewhat limited understanding of the nuances of English. To them naughty and Halloween might go together since there are so many Halloween costumes that use it, while the naughty nurse connotation is lost??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karmady View Post
    My guess is that it was made in a country where the people who named it have a somewhat limited understanding of the nuances of English. To them naughty and Halloween might go together since there are so many Halloween costumes that use it, while the naughty nurse connotation is lost??
    Personally I love coming across directions or instructions written by people that have a limited understanding of the language!

    I just wish I could remember the few I've come across lately because they were VERY funny!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    Well... I would hope in a country where everyone is provided access to a free public education...adults would be capable of understanding two conflicting definitions for a word and be intelligent enough to distinguish between the two, which is the correct one for usage
    In the scenario.



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    I know the difference in the definition for sure, and I'm relatively sure the people who chose to complain about it do too.

    Given that the use of the descriptor was likely not referencing the behaviour of the child wearing it, it was an unfortunate choice in word.

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