The 80-year-old Vermont senator is the motivation behind a racy Halloween costume sold by Dolls Kill, an online store principally known for Gen Z’s favorite “e-girl fashion.”
The sexy Bernie Sanders look called the “Trickz N’ Treatz Once Again Asking Costume Set,” is being sold at the very affordable price of $85 — a price tag that would make the politician feel the burn.
According to the outfit’s report, the look is intended for “you to be a viral internet meme! This political chairman costume comes with a grey coat, cozy mittens and a face mask for a total insta-worthy moment.”
The costume’s theory is based on the viral photos taken at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, which became an immediate meme thanks to Sanders’ cozy mittens and mean mug.
But unlike Sanders’ handmade mittens, which were made with love by a schoolteacher, the outfit includes a polyester gray coat and mittens along with a light blue mask. Pants are not included in this sultry spinoff.
Of course, Twitter had tons to say about the wild ensemble. “Why did they make Bernie as a hot got e-girl costume I’m wheezing,” one said.
“Well, I found my Halloween costume,” added another fan. One user joked, “You are cordially invited to my Sexy Bernie Sanders-themed birthday party.”
Another person tweeted, “HOW IS THIS $85 WHEN I HAVE A COAT, MITTENS, AND NO PANTS AT HOME?!?! Bernie would not approve.”
"WHY DOLLSKILL SELLING A SEXY BERNIE SANDERS COSTUME?!" one asked.
Another added, "Just when you think you've seen it all... a 'sexy' Bernie Sanders Halloween costume. Of course, it's marketed as a 'political chairman' costume. Ha!"
"Could be sexier," one teased.
"WHY DOLLSKILL SELLING A SEXY BERNIE SANDERS COSTUME?!" one asked. Another added, "Just when you think you've seen it all... a 'sexy' Bernie Sanders Halloween costume. Of course, it's marketed as a 'political chairman' costume. Ha!" "Could be sexier," one teased.
“Bernie Sanders @ the inauguration ceremony is gonna be my Halloween costume this year,” teased a fan of the look.
“If fans of Sen. Sanders’ mittens are looking for a real scare this Halloween, they should see how hard the wealthy and world’s biggest corporations are fighting to stop Congress from finally addressing the long-neglected needs of the working class,” Sanders’ rep said in a statement to Vice. “I’m shuddering at my desk just thinking about it.”
Surely, it’s not the first Halloween costume to be changed from innocent to provocative. The same sexed-up treatment has been given to hand sanitizer, the college admissions scandal, characters from “Toy Story,” NYC celebrity Pizza Rat, mail-in ballots, Popeyes’ infamous chicken sandwich, and poor Mr. Rogers.
Sanders' mittens in particular made a splash earlier this year, and Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vermont, was revealed as their creator.
"I made Bernie's mittens as a gift a couple years ago. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles). #BerniesMittens," Ellis explained on Twitter.
Though his inauguration ensemble became a sensation on social media last winter, Sanders dismissed it as nothing but bundling up for the cold. "In Vermont, we know something about the cold, and we're not so concerned about good fashion, we want to keep warm," the senator told Gayle King on CBS News in January. "And that's what I did today.
The senator's homely brown and beige mittens featured prominently in a photo from the January 20 inauguration showing Sanders sitting alone in a folding chair, bundled up and seemingly unimpressed with the pomp and circumstance.
The image by AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski became the first viral meme of the Biden era, with the apparently aloof Sanders superimposed on everything from "Star Wars" scenes to Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper."