"Insensitive." "Disgusting." "Offensive."
Those are just a few of the printable comments spotted on social media outlets and left on news reports about the winners of a Halloween costume contest held at a nightclub in Chester, England.
What could have been so offensive? How about dressing as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, complete with images of flames shooting out of the buildings where the hijacked planes struck on Sept. 11, 2001.
The BBC reported that the women who sported the costumes, 19-year-old college students Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, received about $250 in gift cards as their prize. The University of Chester, where both of the women are enrolled, said in a statement that it "utterly condemn(s) the appalling photos which have been shared on social media."
The club, Rosies, posted photos of the costumes on Twitter and Facebook, though backpedaled once the images went viral. The photos have been removed from the club's Facebook page, and Rosies' Twitter account has been closed amid the outrage.
Langford and Collinge have also apologized for their outfits, saying they didn't mean to offend anyone.
"The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke," they told the BBC.
A spokesperson for the company that owns the nightclub said in a statement that "an urgent investigation" is underway into the "circumstances around which these images have been taken with a view to taking the necessary action."
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