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

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

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.


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

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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.

RELATED: Why These Sexy Handmaid's Tale Costumes Have Already Been Pulled from Shelves 

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?