Is this offensive? Terrorist man costume for kids raises concern

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The costume was apparently pulled from the shelves.

The costume was apparently pulled from the shelves. Photo: Channel 7

A pop culture researcher says a children's terrorist costume for sale at a western suburbs discount store is "stupid" but not offensive.

Tom Elliott said the costume depicts an Osama Bin Laden-inspired costume called Terrorist Man, with some concerned it's in bad taste.

Dr Lauren Rosewarne said on 3AW Drive there was a culture of outrage spurred on by social media.

"I think social media has distorted our perpception of offence, it's really easy to get offended," she said.

"People are entitled to offense, if they are the ones who are being offended.

"I don't like the idea we are such a culture now where we are offended on behalf of everyone else constantly."

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Caller Paul said while he wouldn't be seen in it, it was a bit of an overreaction.

"I think it's distasteful, but unless they are a terrorist, it's not really offensive," he said.

"If you are a terrorist you probably have a bit more on your plate than worrying about getting upset about a couple of people taking the mickey out of you.

"For the sake of a joke, it's incredibly distasteful and I wouldn't wear it. But offensive? I think a lot of people need to take a chill pill."

But Amer Youkhanna, an Iraqi migrant to Australia, discovered the costume and said it was "highly" offensive to him.

"It reminds the person who looks at it of the lots of horrible, horrible things that I personally went through in my experience," he said on 3AW Drive.

"I lost friends, I lost family members and people lost their houses just because they didn't share the same ideals as the extremists."

LISTEN: Iraqi migrant shares his story with Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive

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