Halloween just isn’t what it used to be. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, and her husband Harry Hamlin pushed the envelope with their edgy Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen costumes, with Hamlin’s swastika t-shirt sparking a public backlash of criticism. Rinna and Hamlin responded, by posting an apology on Rinna’s Instagram account. A photo was captioned,
“I’m sorry. If I hurt you…we were being authentic to the characters of Sid and Nancy for our Halloween costumes. It hurt and angered many of you and we are deeply sorry for that. That was never our intention. We did not mean to offend. With love, Lisa and Harry.”
Harry and Lisa dressed up as the late rocker from the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious and his murdered girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, for George Clooney‘s Casamigos Halloween bash in Beverly Hills. After photos surfaced online over the weekend, critics skewered Hamlin’s “ignorant” and “offensive” costume, on Twitter. Hamlin has remained silent, other than cosigning his wife’s apology.
The controversial shirt was first worn by Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie) back in 1978, during the Sex Pistols’ mockumentary, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle. That same year, Spungen was stabbed to death in a hotel room in NYC, and Vicious was arrested on suspicion of murder, and released on bail. Vicious died of a heroin overdose at 21, just a few months after the murder, and before the case went to trial.