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Ashley Benson edited her Instagram caption to omit Cecil's name

By Michele Corriston
Updated October 07, 2015 02:37 PM
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Ashley Benson caused an uproar online after asking fans for feedback on a potential Halloween costume: Cecil the lion.

The
Pretty Little Liars
star first posted a photo of the gold getup — designed by lingerie retailer Yandy — Tuesday afternoon.

Ashley Benson lion costume


Courtesy Ashley Benson

“Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this Cecil the Lion costume?” she originally captioned her Instagram, according to E! News.

After commenters questioned the sensitivity of the sexy ensemble, Benson re-uploaded the image with a new caption about “this lion costume,” omitting Cecil’s name.

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Why the backlash? Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer became animal lovers’ enemy No. 1 when he killed Cecil, a beloved research lion in Zimbabwe, on an illegal hunt.

But don’t start a boycott yet: Yandy’s real, $118.95 Cecil costume (which is actually skimpier than the generic jungle cat version Benson rocked), features faux fur and promotes a good cause: 20 percent of the proceeds go toward the Global Conservation Organization.

What do you think of the costume and Benson’s photo? Share your thoughts below

— Michele Corriston