LONDON (USA TODAY) -- Amid the unofficial tradition of politically incorrect
Halloween costumes, a rubble-ridden World Trade Center outfit has topped
the list in England.
The Sun newspaper even devoted its Wednesday front page to the outfits with the headline "Towering Stupidity."
the image, two 19-year-old women - winners of a nightclub costume
contest on Oct. 31 - are shown wearing tube-like costumes labeled "North
Tower" and "South Tower."
The costumes, which include hats with American flags, depict planes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
Collinge, whose father was a United Express pilot in 2001, and Amber
Langford won £150, or about $240, for their victory in the competition.
"I didn't know anything about it, but I'm not happy at all," Collinge's father told The Sun after the pictures emerged Wednesday.
English nightclub that awarded the prize, Rosies, said in a statement
that it is "extremely concerned" about how people "dressed in a
distasteful and offensive manner" were selected.
The women, both
students at the University of Chester, later apologized, saying the
costume "was not intended as a joke," but rather meant to "depict a
serious, modern-day horror."
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