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Olympian Shaun White apologizes for 'insensitive' Halloween costume

October 30, 2018 - 11:37 am
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(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Shaun White is owning up to a really "insensitive" choice he made for a recent Halloween costume.

He closed by saying, "lesson learned."

"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,” the organization said.

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In screenshots of the now deleted post, you can see fans sharing how "heartbroken" they were with White's Halloween choice, urging him to "delete" the photo immediately.

"I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice," White wrote Monday on social media.

The famed X-Games star, 32, dressed up as Simple Jack, played by Ben Stiller in the movie Tropic Thunder, over the weekend. The fictional character has a mental disability.

The Special Olympics on Monday released a statement to HuffPost that criticized the athlete for wearing the costume.

"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,” the organization said.

In screenshots of the now deleted post, you can see fans sharing how "heartbroken" they were with White's Halloween choice, urging him to "delete" the photo immediately.

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