Gray wig, hand puppets, and platform pumps sold separately.

By Isabel Jones
Updated Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:15 am
Advertisement

There are very few pure things in this world, and one of them is, without a doubt, Fred Rogers and his long-running children's show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Rogers is making a resurgence in popular culture this year with the November release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a movie based on journalist Tom Junod’s friendship with the TV personality. Did we mention Tom Hanks plays Rogers?

Anyway, in an unambiguous (and a tad tone deaf) exploitation of the cultural moment, lingerie retailer Yandy has created a “Nicest Neighbor Costume.” The $60 set includes a cropped, red zipper-front V-neck top (a play on Rogers’s iconic red knit cardigan — which, endearingly, his mother knit for him), a detachable white collar with a short black tie, and high-waist gray booty shorts.

Credit: Yandy

For an additional $13 you can really polish off the look with a set of hand puppets and a gray (vinyl) wig.

Credit: Yandy
Credit: Deborah Feingold/Getty Images

OK.

As you may recall, Yandy is the same brand that was forced to pull its “Sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume after (incredibly reasonable) outcry from, well, everyone.

Given the nature of the Hulu series, sexualizing the handmaid uniform seems like a categorically bad idea (ahem, Kylie Jenner). Sexualizing Mr. Rogers isn’t quite as black and white, but it’s certainly icky. Like really, really icky.

Is nothing sacred?