Masking Poor Taste

Seller looks to auction Casey Anthony mask on eBay

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Looking for a new idea for a Halloween costume? How about this Casey Anthony mask found on eBay. (Published Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011)

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    by Bruce Felps

    Some [ahem] lucky person out there — maybe from right here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, because we need a local connection — this year could sport one of the scariest costumes in the history of Halloween dress-up.

    Scary at least to 3-year-olds. Adults might just find it tacky.

    Someone who goes by the handle “prophunter” offers a latex mask of Casey Anthony’s face to the highest eBay bidder.

    Prophunter, in the eBay listing, said the mask — one of nine, and numbered “6/9” — came from “a parody video by enigmatic pop artist/sculptor Torro.” [shrug]

    The auction remains open for another day or so, and the high bid at this writing, $182.50, fails to meet the reserve of $185, so jump on in there.

    Prophunter displays his or her opportunism — which is a nice way of saying “abject exploitation” — in the mask description with the line, “Let's never forget poor Caylee.” Yeah, that sounds real sincere from someone trying to capitalize on her death and mother’s trial.

    Beyond the questions of taste involved with wearing the mask, though, it might be a matter of good sense considering the threats to Anthony, her family, and the jurors who found her not guilty. Sure you want to wear that thing in public with all those revenge-seeking nutjobs running around out there?


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He probably should have watched at least some of the trial.