Ashley Benson causes uproar with an ‘insensitive’ Halloween costume

Uh-oh. Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has become the latest celeb to commit a Halloween fashion faux pas.

The actress has sparked outrage on Instagram after she revealed her idea for a Halloween costume on Instagram.


Her potential costume was inspired by Cecil the lion. She originally captioned a snap of her wearing the costume with:

“Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this cecil the lion costume? @yandy #thanksyandy #halloweencostume.” 

The 25-year old’s fans however were not impressed with her choice however. The caption for image has changed since she originally posted the snap to now read “What do you guys think of this lion costume?”


Social media users were quick to blast the actress for “ignorant” choice of words and costume ideas.

"How dare you make fun of a lion who innocently died from a inhuman act!" wrote on Instagram user. Another added, 

Cecil the lion was a 13-year old lion who was killed by an American dentist earlier this year. One witty Gawker user had this to say:

Yandy, the website where Ashely said her costume was from does have an official ‘Cecil the Lion’ costume.

Ashley’s costume was actually the ‘Deluxe Lion Costume’ from the site, which is slightly different.

E! News reports Yandy as saying that 20 percent of the proceeds of the limited edition costume will be donated to a global conservation organization.

With a price tag of €106 that means more than €20 will be donated for each purchase.