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Hobby Lobby’s ‘Offensive’ Decoration Has Gone Bonkers Viral — 100k Facebook Reactions and Counting

Daniell Rider, a Hobby Lobby consumer, found a decoration at one of their stores so offensive, she shared the image on Facebook requesting that they remove the decor from their shelves.


What was it?
Rider on Thursday shared a photo of a shelf with glass bottles containing what appear to be replicas of raw cotton plants.

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.”

“A little sensitivity goes a long way,” she added. “PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor.’”

This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at…

Posted by Daniell Rider on Thursday, September 14, 2017

What kind of outcry occurred?
After Rider shared the post, it garnered viral attention on Facebook.

At the time of this writing, the post has been “liked” 33k times, has received 76k comments, and has been shared nearly 7k times.

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.”

Some perspective
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.

Art can also be art for the sake of visual appreciation. There doesn’t necessarily need to be a deep meaning behind it.


While artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock are widely different, each represents an unconventional aspect of art appreciation which some may “get,” while others may not.

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73 Comments

73 Comments

  1. Richard Misel Jr

    September 17, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    What libturds never hear of share croppers. Those anti-America libturds are menatlly ILL.!

    • cecelia Gepp

      September 18, 2017 at 12:28 am

      The cotton plant decor has been on all the home decor shows on TV for a few years……a person who thinks differently is just out of touch with decorating and want to start a fuss!

  2. Frank

    September 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    if they are upset with cotton plantes have them take off their cotton clothes

    • Wendy Laramore

      September 18, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Frank, Two good minds think alike.

    • Valerie Ripma

      September 18, 2017 at 2:35 am

      Exactly!!!! It’s decorations…there are stores with those beautiful puffs in their stores to represent the cloths. “Cotton for the times of your lives.” What about the celebration of the cotton gin. Cotton is cotton, nothing else, except it was an important part of america, They are twisted, making something out of nothing. Those who live in the past, aren’t living in the present and surely don’t have a future.

      • Bub

        September 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        Agreed 100%

    • Wanda

      September 18, 2017 at 3:59 am

      That’s a good one!

  3. paulette

    September 17, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    WOW,WTFLIPPER IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE,UNBELIEVABLE

  4. UCGal

    September 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Saw this decoration in the store along with the cat tails, fall leaf branches and wheat sheaves along with hundreds of other artificial recreations of nature. Nothing offensive even crossed my mind. This is getting ridculous….what next banning cotton tee shirts.

    • Joyce

      September 18, 2017 at 3:03 am

      We always decorated like that. All kind of plants. Does this mean no cattails, or poppies, or pussy willows.

      • Joyce

        September 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

        Pussy willows????? NO!!!!!! They’re sexists!

    • Julia Sanford

      September 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Cat tails! Oh No. I think that is offensive to people with cats and even the cats themselves. Be gone cat tails! Don’t shop there! lol

  5. Catalina Woody

    September 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

    OMG all of these idiots need to make sure they never wear a stitch of clothing with cotton in it ever again!

    • Thomas Murphy

      September 18, 2017 at 8:11 am

      These dumb masses do not need o ever come to the south if cotton is offensive to them because they’d stroke out if they drove past a field of cotton that is in full bloom. I swear, some people go to great lengths to find something to bitch about just so they can get a little attention and face time on the news. I think it is way past time to start ignoring these idiots don’t you?

  6. Harry Brown

    September 18, 2017 at 12:02 am

    fuck these libs… grow the hell up asshole and get a fucking job

    • Julia Sanford

      September 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Absolutely they need a job or SOMETHING. Maybe they could volunteer at a food bank, spend time for the elderly who never get visits, volunteer at school and help children who are having a hard time keeping up, join an organization that prepares food to deliver to the needy and disabled. You people spend time with your stupid signs outside a Christian company who serves as a guiding light to many and has been successful in the process. Is that all you can think of to do? You are disgusting examples of humanity and I think many are getting very tired of seeing it.

  7. Vic Bailey

    September 18, 2017 at 12:09 am

    The SLDPP (Socialist Liberal Dumbocrap Progressive Party) Has time and time again shown their STUPIDITY but this one takes the GRAND PRIZE! Then we need to take ALL Bananas out of all grocery stores, and all Tea out too and how about coffee? Let the DUMB BASTARDS wear dirt and eat and drink it to. Semper Fi.

  8. Jay Fulkerson

    September 18, 2017 at 12:14 am

    If you wieners cant handle A LITTLE COTTON then you need mental care run don’t walk to your nearest mental care hospital and don’t leave until you grow up

  9. sarita

    September 18, 2017 at 12:15 am

    These are paid protesters, paid by Soros, Muslims, and leftists.

  10. Thomas G Hunt,Sr

    September 18, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I suppose this woman thinks that it was only Blacks who worked those cotton fields.
    Just how ignorant can a supposedly adult be in today’s world.

    • Mary garrett

      September 18, 2017 at 3:58 am

      I remember picking cotton myself, I didn’t get paid, we all got fed and clothed, does this make us slaves, I don’t think so, it is called making a living people. We kids all had to work as hard and sometimes harder than anyone else.but we were not slaves. Lots of people pic,ed cotton, not just blacks.

  11. Barbara

    September 18, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Can’t tolerate a bit of cotton in a clear vase but it is okey to suspend a cross in urine!!! Selective outrage!!!

    • Julia Sanford

      September 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Yes Barbara. That has ticked me off for years that our tax money would be used to display the cross in urine AND a grant from our tax money to this so-called artist. Also, I’m sure people will remember the title that this artist gave to this piece of “art.” Talk about something offensive!

  12. Teddy

    September 18, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Now wait a cotton picking minute.

    • Kelli

      September 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      ~LOL 🙂 …Good one Teddy :)!!

    • Linda

      September 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Love it! Where has all the good old fashioned Humor gone?!

  13. Kathleen Gordon

    September 18, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I liked the decoration and didn’t see anything offensive. That lady who started this is overly sensitive and needs to grow up!

  14. Dolores Fabian

    September 18, 2017 at 12:40 am

    These people will have to stop wearing cotton clothing. Nothing but polyester for them. Then they will have to start demonstrating because polyester will not breakdown in landfills and then they will have to find what to wear.

  15. Frannie Albers

    September 18, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I’m white my grandparents picked cotton to make a living. Blacks are not the only ones who worked like slaves just to have home and food on the damn table. Leave Hobby Lobby the hell alone. At least slaves was provided a home and food.

    • Mary garrett

      September 18, 2017 at 4:06 am

      Frankie you are so right

  16. David

    September 18, 2017 at 1:18 am

    My best friend Del’s whole family and himself picked cotton in the 1940’s and 50’s

  17. Signetring54

    September 18, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Those gosh darn cotton pickers will never learn, will they?

  18. Me

    September 18, 2017 at 1:53 am

    WHO EVEN THINKS OF THIS SHIT?????
    Brainless socialist demoncrap leftist libturd lemmings!!!!

  19. Delores McDaniel

    September 18, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Cotton plants are a unique item. Beautiful materials for clothing are made from this plant. It was put here by our creator and is an organized and truly worthy plant. Working on a farm is a very satisfying occupation.

    • Mary garrett

      September 18, 2017 at 4:03 am

      I remember picking cotton myself, I didn’t get paid, we all got fed and clothed, does this make us slaves, I don’t think so, it is called making a living people. We kids all had to work as hard and sometimes harder than anyone else.but we were not slaves. Lots of people pic,ed cotton, not just blacks.

    • Kelli

      September 18, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      ~Wonderful, accurate & lovely comment Delores :)!

  20. Carol

    September 18, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Give me a break! If it offends you then atop wearing cotton you fool!! Its still grown today. Its a plant. Get over it!

  21. Harding

    September 18, 2017 at 2:18 am

    These are the same people who will defend the pissing on a picture of Jesus or splattering blood on a painting – disgusting and are the true Nazis.

  22. John

    September 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

    These idiots need to realize that cotton is still grown in many areas of the country. I wil droos any picket line I see.

    • John

      September 18, 2017 at 2:35 am

      I will cross any picket line I see.

  23. JoAnna Romero

    September 18, 2017 at 2:38 am

    When I was very young I picked cotton and I’m white. I don’t find his offensive at all. Could it be because it’s Hobby Lobby that was attacked because of their Christian beliefs?

    • Kelli

      September 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      “Could it be because it’s Hobby Lobby that was attacked because of their Christian beliefs?”

      ~Oh yeah …You’re onto something there! Hobby Lobby’s Christian beliefs DEFINITELY had something to do with it. It’s almost as if this woman was LOOKING for something to be offended about …I mean, she is REALLY reaching. ~Have a good day, JoAnna :)!

      • Julia Sanford

        September 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        Not such a long reach, Kelli. They have been attacked before. The long reach is to try to get people to boycott because of a cotton boll. How ignorant can you get? I have to believe that nobody would be stupid enough to be out there demonstrating for that kind of thing unless it is because they are being paid.

  24. Betty Collard

    September 18, 2017 at 3:06 am

    What are they going to do They grow cotton in Mississippi ask of a matter of fact I got out of my car and picked some so I could show my great grand kids how it was grown I thank people are just crazy about so much I would like to know what they are going to do when God comes He knows what you have done

    • shirley

      September 19, 2017 at 2:38 am

      my husband was raised in northern Mississippi, and he picked cotton when younger I guess the woman complaining must think they don’t pick cotton now a days. Is this cotton what is left over from the slave days or what. He even bought our grand kids little bales of cotton when he was driving a truck. Everyone is right, I don’t think there is a sane liberal on the planet. If they’d all do a little thinking on their own instead of looking for problems with others, they might see that some of us on the right side can figure things out all by ourselves instead of waiting for their puppet masters telling them what to think and do

  25. alan

    September 18, 2017 at 3:09 am

    THIS IS SOOOOO STUPID.

    The Cotton plant is not racist.
    Why condemn a store for having a plant in it.
    Frankly I have seen lots of homes decorated and often it was in black peoples’ homes. This is just some excuse to get 5 minutes of fame.
    PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE IDIOTS>

    • Fannie

      September 18, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Amen – I love decorating with cotton and have a cotton bowles design as a wreath

  26. tinsle

    September 18, 2017 at 3:14 am

    You have GOT to be kidding!!! Those natural cotton plants fully bloomed are a beautiful picture– not any kind of devilish, evil hint of slavery! Tell ya what…you give up ANYTHING remotely made with cotton…socks, underwear, bandages, Q-tips. WOW!!! Just think…polyester…even aluminum foil for underwear…LMFAO…OUCH!!!

  27. Nancy

    September 18, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I have those cotton same cotton plants in a vase in my home purchased from HL. What the Hell? What’s going to be next? Libtards need to go get a real job and quit looking for something to get offended about. I invited some African American friends to a party at my house this weekend. One commented how pretty and unusual the arrangement was that had these cotton plants. I guess she is too progressive to associate those with slavery and me a racist.

  28. Robin

    September 18, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Okay,Hobby Lobby. People are reaching for things to yell and be seen. I’m sorry you are being targeted. You know it’s deeper than the cotton. You are being targeted for religious beliefs. I’m sure you know how frustrating that can be. If you want to avoid the chatter from the left, just pull everything made of cotton from your store and they should be happy,right? Bet they forgot that toilet paper and tissue are made from cotton. I have no idea how they will wipe away the tears from your lack of sensitivity. Really, ignore the ignorant outcry and stand on your principles. God bless you.

  29. Wanda

    September 18, 2017 at 4:18 am

    This is the most absurd thing I have ever heard of. What’s clear to me is this woman has no taste or style for interior or any design. People have been using cotton in their items of decor for decades. You need to get rid of everything in your home that is cotton. I guess those of us who collected Robert Ruckers paintings of the south with blacks in the fields picking cotton, will be asked to destroy them. It’s beautiful art and history. My brothers and I with friends picked cotton in order to make spending money. There were no slaves picking cotton only blacks and whites working for money. I resent some idiot causing trouble for Hobby Lobby and using cotton to scream racism. Racism is having all of our history taken down and destroyed or put in buildings not to be seen. Well maybe I’m tired of seeing Martin Luth Kings statue, who I had always admired, President Obama and others including street names that are highly offensive bc of its underlying tone of racism! Maybe they should be removed! Why can’t we just all get along and leave history so we can look back on it and learn from our mistakes. God created man of all colors to be equal. God loves all men and God never creates anything unworthy of love and respect.

  30. Cindy

    September 18, 2017 at 4:28 am

    You libtards are crazy!!! Cotton in a jar is wrong!!! What’s wrong with you people? You use cotton to make Qtips, clothes, and a lot of other things. What do you want? To start wearing fog leaves again or what? I can’t believe that you snowflakes are worried about cotton in a jar. Lmao. Well here’s a history lesson for you. My family picked cotton. Me, my cousins, my Dad, my Aunts and Uncles and my grandparents. We are white Americans. Not black. Back in those days everybody plowed the fields, planted cotton and then picked it. Slaves and black people weren’t the only ones to work the fields. And blacks weren’t the only slaves. We have slaves even today. Why don’t you people start trying to help the slaves that we have now and stop worrying about the ones in the past? You would rather raise hell over cotton in a jar than try to help the people that are enslaved today. That’s kind of a double standard don’t you think? You people are really nuts. Go get a history book and read it.

    • Kelli

      September 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      ” We have slaves even today. Why don’t you people start trying to help the slaves that we have now and stop worrying about the ones in the past? You would rather raise hell over cotton in a jar than try to help the people that are enslaved today. That’s kind of a double standard don’t you think?”

      ~Such an EXCELLENT point Cindy :)! The labor slavery that exists today is bad enough, but the sex slave trade is horrendous and very much alive & booming …And if the fact that sex slavery is THRIVING is not disturbing enough for you, think about this- A lot of these slaves are children! Wouldn’t one’s time be spent a lot better fighting this!? It is unbelievable …unfathomable that these people don’t! I mean, if you have that much time & energy, and that much passion & thirst for justice, why not fight modern day slavery which is something you can actually do something about …some things that you can actually PREVENT …lives that can be saved …situations where these people & children can come out as survivors, not as victims?

  31. dirtgrey

    September 18, 2017 at 6:16 am

    If someone is offended by cotton stocks, they better keep their asses out of the south because they raise the plant down here. And the stuff is all over the place. Again, one person who is offended seems to think they have priority over millions of people and of course, the liberals just bend their skinny frames with the hot wind. I am offended by liberals but cannot seem to figure out how to get rid of them. They are like roaches, the more you step on, the more seems to crawl out of the walls.

  32. VICKIE

    September 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

    CAN you imagine this….my mother and my mother in law and their families picked cotton .raw cotton and they aren’t black. who came up with this idea. I have had raw cotton in a vase before and loved it and never thought of a slave. wow…okay lets see…they picked tobacco and other plants lets not eat them or smoke it. jerks. my mother worked in rice fields. oh every time someone says poor folks….that is code for blacks …no….my mothers family and mom in laws family were dirt poor….so I will SUPPORT HOBBY LOBBY as much as I want to….oh so growing cotton is racist….then give up your cotton clothes….STOP THE MADDNESS….IM SICK OF IT.

  33. Steven Butterbaugh

    September 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    We paid the debt for slavery. It was the Civil War. It was our costliest war in terms of lives lost. The only thing for pickin’ here is a fight.

  34. Kelli

    September 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    ~This makes me angry because my Dad, along with all my aunts & uncles picked cotton- They only got to go to school up to the 2nd or 3rd grade, then they had to stay in the cotton fields picking cotton ALL DAY just in order to eat, live & survive, there was no choice about it …School was a luxury, as were shoes & most other things. They, my Dad, aunts & uncles, WERE/ARE ALL WHITE BY THE WAY, and something tells me that they could ALL walk past this decoration that you’re so outraged about in a store and not only NOT get offended, but NOT give it a 2nd thought. WE are the ones who should be angry …AT YOU, Daniell Rider, for being SO ridiculous …COTTON-PICKING RIDICULOUS as others have said, that is!

  35. Kelli

    September 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    ~You know, I really like these cotton vases shown in the picture above from Hobby Lobby. I think I will buy some. They are beautiful & would look really nice in my house :). I hope Hobby Lobby sells A LOT of these cotton vases, and I also hope this makes business really start booming for them! Let’s all get to our local Hobby Lobby quickly before the vases sell out :)!

  36. Robert K Pavlick

    September 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Many of the slaves worked on RICE PLANTATIONS !!! So should we ban the eating of rice or pictues of rice or advertisements for rice ????? A lot of IRISH IMMIGRANTS picked cotton too, you know, after the Civil War, once blacks refused to pick it anymore !!!!!

    • Julia Sanford

      September 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Gosh, why didn’t we think of that, Robert? You are exactly right. Let me get busy making my sign right now. I’ll bet there are people at the grocery stores right now purchasing rice.
      We have no time to waste.

  37. Julie

    September 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    People are just plain insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  38. Dr. Johnny Ashburn

    September 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I picked cotton on my grandfather’s farm in Tennessee. I am a white man and I wear cotton.

  39. Betty

    September 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I know more white people that picked cotton for a living than I know of black people. Why don’t you do your research before you act like an idiot.

  40. Meadowlands

    September 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    These nuts have too much time on their hands. Why don’t they do something productive and go to Florida or Texas

  41. Raymond Beckmon

    September 18, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I Have Picked Cotton, I see nothing wrong with it, and I am white

  42. Dale bulmer

    September 19, 2017 at 4:24 am

    liberals must die they are in our schools and colleges teaching crap like this, it’s time to take back the education system from these snowflakes!America was so much better without them!

  43. Carolyn Harrison

    September 19, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Unfreaken’ believable – you ppl are just stupid. To think that cotton was gained at the expense of African-American slaves – EXCUSE ME, but my grandfather had a cotton farm and HE IS WHITE — my mother and every one of her 9 siblings worked on the farm and picked cotton from sun up to sun down – Hobby Lobby – keep up the great decor – cotton in a glass is so chic !!! I love it — and you ppl leave Hobby Lobby alone – you know what it’s really about. Shame on every freaken’ one of you.

  44. Charlene

    September 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Evidently that person has never seen a cotton field, the most beautiful thing you could see in the Fall. They don’t have to look at it, it’s not going home with them unless she buys it. Damn get a life, sick in tired of these idiots wanting to change the world.

  45. AmazedHuman

    September 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    You seriously can not make up stupidity such as this, can you? Any rational person would appreciate the creativity and chic. Perhaps those idiots carrying around signs and behaving like total fools ought to go get a life…perhaps get a job and contribute to the country rather than being a detriment. That’s an idea.

  46. Ellen Henry

    September 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Omg you people come up with some of the stupidest things to complain about get a life and quit worrying about what happened before you were ever born it never bothered you then think of the future and try to make it better that includes yourself

  47. Jayne Reynolds

    September 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    So are they consumers of products from China? If so they are contributing to slave labor.

  48. Bowie

    September 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Cotton Swabs also have cotton. Should pharmacies stop carrying those too?

  49. Daryel miller

    September 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    i never thought of cotton as decorations but i will go to Hobby lobby i think that i would look great with some red bitter-sweet berry’s and some fall leaves

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