Twin Towers Costumes on British Teens Outrage New Yorkers

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 11:27 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Two London teenagers won a costume contest at an England nightclub dressed as the twin towers in New York City, outraging New Yorkers and victims of the 2001 terrorist attack.

The Sun reported the Amber Langford and Annie Collinge dressed up as the "North Tower" and "South Tower" with what appeared to be flames coming from buildings. 

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Langford's father, a commercial pilot who was actually flying United Express jets in the United States at the time of 9/11, told the newspaper that he would "have a little chat," with his daughter after learning about the incident.

NBC News reported that the women won $240 for the "best dressed" Halloween costume at a party in Rosie's nightclub in Chester, England.

Langford and Collinge have since apologized for what some say were insensitive costumes.

"The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke," the women told The Sun.

The University of Chester and Chester Students' Union, where the two attend college, issued a statement.

"We utterly condemn the appalling photos. Both organizations have begun an urgent investigation with a view to taking the necessary action," the statement read.

George Borsberry, who attended the event at Rosie's, told The Mirror that the nightclub was as much to blame as the girls were for giving them the award.

"(I) never seen such disgusting behavior by anyone," Borsberry said. "I was completely outraged. Not only were they labeled the 'best dressed,' but they were also given (money) to dress up in this way and mock the victims and the families of the victims. After waiting two and a half hours to see the person who decided this dreadful winner all we got was 'sorry but it was a good costume.'" 

FealGood Foundation founder John Feal, which supports 9/11 victims' families, voiced his thoughts to The Sun.

"The insensitivity level for this act of ignorance is topped by none. As for the nightclub who allowed it, sponsored it and endorsed it, shame on you," he said.

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