When I am looking for any kind decor for my home, I go check out Hobby Lobby. They, among many other stores, carry a plethora of fake plants and flowers that are perfect for crafts and decor. Among those decorations are cottons stems with the attached cotton.
Many homes use the cotton to make wreathes or add to their room in a vase because it matches the theme. There is nothing wrong with this, unless you’re a liberal.
There are actual, butthurt liberals who are attacking Hobby Lobby with claims of racism due to their sales of cotton stem replicas. RAW COTTON STEMS!
One consumer, Daniell Rider, posted to Facebook asking Hobby Lobby to remove it. She said, “A little sensitivity goes a long way,” she continued, “PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor.’”
She captioned the photo, “This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves.”
The reaction was split — some commenters supported Rider’s outrage and wrote things like, “What do you expect from HL!!!? NEVER shop there!” while others couldn’t find the offense in the innocuous-looking decoration.
One commenter wrote, “Ummm… it’s cotton… wtf…its 2017… do you know some slaves in 2017 that picked this cotton and didn’t get paid for it. Just… stop.”
Art is art, and visual decor falls into that category.
Visually stimulating productions of art — whether worthy of The Louvre, or simply available at your local craft store — is created with intent and meant for interpretation.
Art’s intent is to be stimulating, and oftentimes meant to be a conversation piece in order to trigger important conversations.
Here’s the post:
There’s a few things that I can’t help but wonder if she realizes:
- Cotton was picked before we had slaves
- Cotton is not racist because it was picked by slaves at one point
- A majority of clothes and linens are made with cotton
- Cotton balls and q-tips are made with cotton
- None of the replicas are slave-picked cotton
Here’s a few of the comments:
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