Ashley Benson, star of Pretty Little Liars and Instagram provocateur, shared an early photo of her Halloween costume. She's dressed as a lion (well, a very fashionable, golden jumpsuit-clad lion) and wrote in the caption: "Help! Can't decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this cecil the lion costume?" Then, presumably deciding she didn't want to align herself with such a controversial lion, she quickly edited the caption to just read "lion costume." Though of course Gawker has a screenshot of the original.

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And here's the post-outcry post:

Cecil, as all Americans for some reason know, is that beloved African lion who was illegally murdered by a vengeful dentist with a thirst for blood. The dentist was then deeply shamed and made Jimmy Kimmel cry.


Unfortunately for Benson, she just had the bad timing of being the first public person to don a potentially divisive Cecil Halloween costume this year. It's still more than three weeks out until Halloween, and we're sure to see celebs wearing costumes like this, and much, much worse. Who knows what Ariana Grande is cooking up at this very moment?

Sources: h/t Gawker