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Oscar Pistorius ‘Blade Gunner’ Costume Causes Controversy

Oscar PistoriusWith Halloween just around the corner, it’s likely you’ll be planning which fancy dress outfit you’re going to wear to both impress and scare your friends – and if you’re not, get planning. Whether it be a complicated makeup job to transform you into a terrifying clown or, if you’re anything like me and don’t

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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s likely you’ll be planning which fancy dress outfit you’re going to wear to both impress and scare your friends – and if you’re not, get planning.

Whether it be a complicated makeup job to transform you into a terrifying clown or, if you’re anything like me and don’t do ‘scary’, you’ll probably be googling the best mermaid or alien transformations.

Whichever route you decide to go down, it’s unlikely to cause as much controversy as an Oscar Pistorius costume which is being sold in one fancy dress shop based in Luton.

Yep, that’s right. The costume encourages people to dress up as the double amputee Paralympian who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp back in 2013.

'Blade Gunner' Halloween CostumeJokers' Masquerade

The costume, which is on sale at Jokers’ Masquerade in Luton for £22.99, includes a athletic-style green and yellow running vest and shorts, which mimics the outfit Pistorius wore at the 2012 Paralympics when he represented South Africa and came second in the 200m race.

Also included in the costume are black and silver boot covers and white knee covers, to give the impression that the person wearing the costume is an amputee. The costume has the words ‘Blade Gunner’ printed on the front, making reference to Pistorius’s nickname ‘Blade Runner’.

To further the controversy, the model is also holding a water pistol which makes reference to the 2013 murder of Pistorius’ girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp.

In the early hours of the morning on Valentine’s Day, Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times in his home in Pretoria, resulting in her death.

Pistorius admitted to shooting her through his bathroom door but claimed that he mistook her for a possible intruder. He was convicted of ‘culpable homicide’ and sentenced to five years in October 2014.

He served only one year and was released in October 2015 to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

However, Pistorius’s manslaughter conviction was overturned and he was found guilty of murder, resulting in his sentence being lengthened to 13 years and five months in November 2017.

The case has been extremely controversial since day one, so people are understandably very annoyed about the prospect of people wearing this costume.

One person tweeted:

While another said:

Reeva Steenkamp had her life taken from her in horrific circumstances…and so this costume company decides to tackle ‘political correctness’ and ‘pushing boundaries’ with a costume of the man who is serving 15 years for her death. I actually have no words

The costume is categorised under the website’s ‘Bad Taste and Shocking Fancy Dress Costumes’ section, and it does include a warning to those who may take offence.

The disclaimer says:

WARNING! If you are easily offended, our Bad Taste Costumes may not be for you.

Here at Jokers’ Masquerade we decided to be a little rebellious by compiling this collection of wonderfully inappropriate costumes for adults, for those who like to push the boundaries. Our offensive fancy dress costumes are perfect for those with a black sense of humour.

So it looks like the outfit is here to stay, despite people’s clear (and in my opinion, justified) objections.

I get the whole dark humour thing but when it comes to making light of the horrific murder of an innocent young woman, I think I’ll pass and stick to my mermaid costume, ta very much.

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White Woman Who Stopped Black Man Entering His Own Building Is Fired

St Louis AA white woman in Missouri who stopped a black man from entering his own apartment block has now been fired from her job.

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A white woman in Missouri who stopped a black man from entering his own apartment block has now been fired from her job.

24-year-old D’Arreion Toles had been returning home from his job as CEO of Global Wealth Insights Corporation. However, his access to the Elder Shirt Lofts building in St. Louis was physically blocked by his neighbour, 32-year-old Hilary Brooke Thornton.

Ms Thornton, who was accompanied by a small dog, stood in the entrance way and repeatedly demanded to see proof that Mr Toles lived in the luxury apartment building; even asking which unit he lived in.

When he finally managed to push past him into the building, Ms Thornton followed him into the elevator and right up to his front door. A police officer then turned up at Mr Toles’ door approximately half an hour later, having been called by an ‘uncomfortable’ Ms Thornton.

To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,Women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels…

Posted by D'Arreion Nuriyah Toles on Friday, 12 October 2018

Mr Toles – who remained calm throughout the altercation – managed to film the incident, which he later shared to Facebook with the following message:

To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,

Women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels insecure,

Downtown St. Louis luxury loft, because she don’t feel that I belong, never really thought this would happen to me, but it did!

Then 30 mins later police knock on my door, because she called! I was shocked this is America in 2018!

The shocking confrontation has since gone viral, having been viewed over four million times, MailOnline reports.

Tribeca Luxury Apartments – who do not manage the apartment building in question – have since fired Ms. Thornton from her jobs as a realtor, making the following statement:

The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,

We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company.

'Apartment Patty' has been fired.@Quote_me_on_it/Twitter

Mr Toles later took to Facebook to thank those who had offered words of support:

I want to say thanks for all the love and support, it is really hitting me a little bit more now, but I most say I will turn this negative into a positive Future for the world I influence, & don’t bash the women just send her positive waves of energy, and let’s be great people this our world & this message is to everyone of all ages/ races/ colors/!

We only get one life so let’s make the most of it & be great, no time for negativity!

Apartment Patty sacked from realtor job.@godofwine77/Twitter

Ms Thornton has become known on social media as ‘Apartment Patty’, the latest individual in a string of white women who have called the police on black men and boys without a legitimate reason.

On October 10, Teresa Klein – who has been nicknamed ‘Corner Store Caroline’ called 911 on a 9-year-old black boy she alleged he had touched her bottom at a Brooklyn deli. Surveillance footage showed the child’s bag had in fact just accidentally grazed her.

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Teacher Who Smiled For Mugshot Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Student

Lockhart Police DepartmentA married teacher, who flashed a beaming smile in her mugshot after being accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student, pleaded guilty to the crime. Earlier this week, on Thursday (October 11), 28-year-old Sarah Madden Fowlkes, submitted her plea to a Caldwell County judge, who’s yet to accept it. The agreement would require Fowlkes

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A married teacher, who flashed a beaming smile in her mugshot after being accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student, pleaded guilty to the crime.

Earlier this week, on Thursday (October 11), 28-year-old Sarah Madden Fowlkes, submitted her plea to a Caldwell County judge, who’s yet to accept it.

The agreement would require Fowlkes to serve four years deferred adjudication, pay a fine and surrender her teacher’s license, according to the report.

A deferred adjudication is a form of plea deal available in various jurisdictions, where a defendant pleads ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest’ to criminal charges in exchange for meeting certain requirements laid out by the court within an allotted period of time also ordered by the court.

Upon completion of the requirements, which may include probation, treatment, community service, some form of community supervision, or some other diversion program, the defendant may avoid a formal conviction on their record or have their case dismissed. In some cases, an order of non-disclosure can be obtained, and sometimes a record can be expunged.

According to Lockhart Independent School District, administrators were told of the relationship in March 2017, just before spring break, reports Fox 29 San Antonio.

However, many have questioned her mugshot and why she looks so happy given the severity of the situation.

Her lawyer, Jason Nassour, had previously claimed Fowlkes looked so cheerful in her mugshot because she was innocent.

Sarah Madden Fowlkes Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

As reported by NBC DFW, he said:

This isn’t a guilty person sitting there like they just got caught. When everything’s fleshed out, it won’t be as it appears.

Fowlkes taught anatomy and physiology at Lockhart High School, and was accused of engaging in ‘sexual content with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire’ of the student in March 2017, according to reports at the time.

Detectives launched an investigation after receiving a tip from a school administrator. The probe led them to the boy, who’d been in touch with Fowlkes, according to the police.

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Fowlkes was suspended after turning herself in to police, and they said:

Their contact was of a sexual nature.

Her since-deleted bio on the school’s website says she previously taught third and fifth grade at Plum Creek Elementary School in Lockhart, according to Fox 29.

A letter from Lockhart ISD Superintendent, Susan Bohn, was sent to parents.

Part of it reads:

Every day you trust your children to our care, and it is a responsibility we do not take lightly. As a parent of a Lockhart ISD student, I join you in feeling anger and disappointment in what happened.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you are a child seeking advice and support call Childline for free on 0800 1111.

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Katie Price Arrested For ‘Drink Driving’ After ‘Crashing Pink Range Rover’

Katie Price AKatie Price has been arrested on charges on drink driving after allegedly crashing her pink Range Rover.

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Katie Price has been arrested following suspicion of drink driving after allegedly crashing her pink Range Rover.

The incident reportedly occurred in South East London, after the former glamour model and reality TV personality had attended the birthday party of ex Kris Boyson.

Officers reportedly discovered Price in the crashed vehicle and gave her a breathalyser test. The 40-year-old mum was arrested at the scene and spent the night in a cell.

Price currently remains in police custody at the time of writing.

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According to a statement from a Met Police spokesperson:

At approximately 2am British Transport Police officers came across a car showing signs of damage stationary at the roadside in Shooters Hill Road, Woolwich.

A 40-year-old woman who was inside the car was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. She was taken to a south London police station where she remains.

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