Shaun White apologizes to Special Olympics for his ‘insensitive’ Halloween costume
Professional snowboarder Shaun White has issued an apology to the Special Olympics for his insensitive Halloween costume. This weekend, Shaun posted a photo on Instagram (which has since been deleted) of his Halloween costume, ‘Simple Jack’ (Ben Stiller’s mentally-challenged character from Tropic Thunder).
Shortly after his initial post, the Special Olympics had condemned him saying “We are truly disappointed that Shaun White, an acclaimed Olympian, would choose this costume which is so offensive and causes so much pain… Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination.”
— Shaun White (@shaunwhite) October 29, 2018
The Special Olympics replied to his apology saying “Thank you @shaunwhite for listening to our community. You always have an invitation to shred with our athletes at #XGames Aspen!”
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