Home Depot said the company would pull a Halloween decoration after a Canadian woman complained that the product bares a likeness too similar to a Peeping Tom and trivializes predatory behavior against women, The Toronto Sun reported.
Breanne Hunt-Wells told CBC News that the “Scary Peeper Creeper” decoration is “inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society.”
“I fail to see the humor in it,” Hunt-Wells told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. “It makes light of a very serious crime. Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.”
A description on Home Depot’s website describes the item as “perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year” and a “realistic face (that) looks just like a real man is peering through the window at you.”
Home Depot responded to criticism saying it is “currently in the process of removing this product from (its) assortment.”
“We agree that this is not in line with our core values,” Home Depot spokeswoman Emily DiCarlo said. “We’ve reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We’re sorry for any offense that was caused.”