As far as "questionable" kids' costumes go, we thought we'd seen it all. Babies dressed as turkey dinners. Toddlers in mini-gangster costumes. It's pretty clear that parents out there have some real differing senses of humor.
But dressing your kids up like two real-life accused drug smugglers? Pretty sure that one would raise anyone's eyebrows.
Sweeping the Internet in the last few days is a photo of two such kids, who probably have no idea that the costumes they're in are part of such an international controversy. The two girls, who can't be more than 6 or 7, are seen holding a sign that says "The Peru 2: Drugs Is for Mugs." They've also got their hands on two suitcases marked "PERU" in big letters, with unidentifiable things sticking out. (Fake passports? Pretend drugs?) One of the girls even sports the now trademark bouffant bun of one of the accused, Michaella McCollum. In stark contrast to their mini drug smuggler costumes, a little boy stands behind them, dressed as Superman.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, no one seems to know where the photograph came from or was taken, but it's made its way around the Internet pretty fast.
As for the case of the real Peru Two, 20-year-olds Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum of Northern Ireland face up to 15 years in prison if convicted for attempting to smuggle 11 kilograms of cocaine (over $2.3 million) out of Lima, Peru. In the meantime, they're being held in a pretty rough prison before they go to trial, where, according to reports, the two have hardly eaten. While the young women claim they were forced to carry the drugs after an armed gang threatened to harm them and their families, they may have to wait up to three years to even bring their case before a jury.
What do you think of the costumes? In poor taste, or no big deal?