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The supermarket chain ASDA, based in Leeds, has been at the centre of a storm of condemnation today for selling a fancy dress costume called 'mental patient'.
Charities say it's "staggeringly offensive" and ASDA now admits it was an "unacceptable error". It's taken the costume off sale and donated 25 thousand pounds to a mental health charity.
Tesco's now been drawn into the controversy because of an outfit called pyscho ward and other stores are checking their shelves as Jon Hill reports.
Tricia Thorpe from Time to Change talks to Calendar's Jon Hill about the 'mental patient' fancy dress costumes
A Tesco spokesperson told ITV News they have removed a fancy dress costume called "Psycho Ward" from their website and apologised "for any offence caused".
A spokesperson said: "We're really sorry for any offence this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.”
Supermarket giant Asda has been forced to apologise after it advertised a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".
The Halloween costume , which has now been withdrawn, was on sale for £20.
Sue Baker campaigner for mental health charity Mind, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "Nine out of 10 people using mental health services in patient care report stigma and discrimination from a range of sources.
"Stigma and discrimination is unfortunately still really damaging in England today and this kind of myth of the dangerousness posed by people, that you should be scared of anyone who has used mental health services, is really damaging.
"(Asda) certainly crossed the line here and I hear it might well have been changed with the addition of mental patient, so it was definitely being used to tap into negative stereotypes."
Former footballer Stan Collymore and political spin doctor Alistair Campbell have expressed disgust at supermarket giant Asda advertising a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".
The Halloween costume, which has now been withdrawn, was on sale for £20 through the supermarket's clothing arm George.
Collymore, who has a well-documented battle with depression, tweeted: "Dear ASDA, nice stereotype of " Mental patients". Something you'd expect from the ###. A f***ing joke."
"Do you actually realise how many people are hanging themselves because of being frightened of the stigma? Wording is CLEAR. MENTAL PATIENT."
Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell, who has also suffered from depression, tweeted: "Look what Asda's selling... what possesses these people?"
Leeds-based supermarket giant Asda has been forced to apologise after it advertised a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".
The Halloween costume, which is designed to look like a blood-splattered straitjacket with ragged edges, was on sale for £20 through the supermarket's clothing arm George.
Asda apologised for the incident in a series of tweets and said it would be making a donation to mental health charity Mind.
The company said: "We're deeply sorry one of our fancy dress costumes has upset people. This was an unacceptable error - the product was withdrawn immediately.
"We removed the product from our website this afternoon but unfortunately the page may remain visible for a few more hours."