Hobby Lobby’s ‘offensive’ decoration has gone bonkers viral — 33k Facebook reactions and counting

The Blaze – by Sarah Taylor

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.’”

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.”

Does this story matter?


But you reported on it.

Yes, we did. And here is why.

Our new directive as a company is to never waste your time as a reader and we are taking that seriously. The reason why we included this story is because we felt it was indicative of how blessed we are as a nation and people.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs would put this pretty high up.


As you can guess, the vase “being offensive” is really something that only people who are in the most stable economic conditions could or would include in their day.

Perspective is what America is missing.

We know you certainly don’t need another story to outrage you or to show you how crazy things have gotten. You can find those stories on any news site.

But we feel that Americans do need stories that show us all how blessed we really are. Our problems are dreams for much of the world. It isn’t our “privilege” that is disturbing — it is our lack of gratitude and perspective.

For people to take their time to worry about a bunch of cotton in a vase — in a store in which 85% of Americans will not be shopping — should show us that most are not spending their time searching for ways to simply feed their families or find a roof over their head.

America is blessed. Even those who are the worst off.

America does have real issues right now, but what some Americans call “problems” would be blessings to much of the world.

What matters most.

Don’t get distracted by stories like this or discouraged by those who have enough wealth, health, and time that they can spend their time in worry about meaningless things like this.

Let’s spend our time helping those who are truly struggling instead of posting about a product in a store that honestly will never affect you or your life in anyway.

The Blaze

42 thoughts on “Hobby Lobby’s ‘offensive’ decoration has gone bonkers viral — 33k Facebook reactions and counting

  1. Stupid ass people means “Stupid Lives Matter”. What the hell is wrong with these idiots?

    You can find wrong with anything!

    1. Yep. She is going to have to throw her entire wardrobe away, since it was more than likely made in a Chinese or Malaysian sweat shop.
      She won’t be able to take her Zoloft anymore, either. There’s a cotton ball in the pill bottle.

  2. I shop mostly in thrift shops to avoid supporting sweat shops in India, Pakistan, and China. So there. I also shop in thrift shops to avoid the formaldehyde that is sprayed into container ships and lingers on the clothes even after they are washed. So there.

    This is an example of a paid shill used to stir us up and to hate each other. I am not convinced that most black people give a rats ass about a vase of cotton stalks.

    1. absolutely true on the paid shill part. hobby lobby is a christian based company/ not that it means much but communists want to obliterate all religion from
      socialist indoctrinated countries like the USA. just more radical left fascist bullshiite to have to brainwash the sheeple with and push a radical political agenda

      1. they want to make us feel shame for being white. in my view, hobby lobby is a mormon company, not a christian company. the angel moroni gave jos smith golden tablets that no one has seen. uh, i’m a little bit skeptical about the veracity of this. did you know that when the mormon men die they get a planet to themselves and many virgin wives? does that sound christian? sounds like a cult to me.

        1. “… did you know that when the mormon men die they get a planet to themselves and many virgin wives?”

          You are correct, Janet. However… there IS a stipulation attached to that particular feature of the Mormon cult.

          Instead of the standard 10%, one must tithe 20% (their entire lives) in order to get to ‘Celestial’ (what they call the planet with 70 virgins waiting) status.

          1. I know quite a bit about the Mormons, Janet. I lived in SLC for much of the 70s, and had friends who were raised in Mormon cult. They told me all about it.

          2. I grew up near Hill Cumorah, a short ride from my home town, where the con artist received the non-existent golden tablets. There is a huge pageant there every summer. Mormons from all over the world attend.


            Jon Krakauer grew up in Salt Lake City, not a mormon, and wrote a very interesting book: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of a Violent Faith.


          3. “… where the con artist received the non-existent golden tablets.”

            There’s really only one thing one needs to know about Joe Smith.

            32nd or 33rd degree Mason (I forget which).

            Same goes for Charles Taze Russell – founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

            Carnival barkers.

  3. Just wait until Christmas rolls around, they will flip their shit when they see the white baby Jesus in the manger, they will want all the wisemen changed to ni(beep)ers and Jesus turned into an Arab. If not… Well we are just not being “inclusive” and are downright racist!

    1. I work at a big box hardware store that has us take online training every month. This month we were taught how to handle difficult customers. There were three Asians, majority Hispanic, Blacks and about 4 white people in the training videos. Very telling.

        1. LOL. Nope, Mark. No black wide brimmed hats, no ear bobs. Those Jews have slaves to do their home repairs. They are busy living a profoundly important life studying and arguing the Torah. I must say, however, the CEO of the company is a Jew. And the owner is a Jew. He also owns a football team.

          1. Today would have been my father’s 91st birthday. Rest in peace, Sammy. You were such a good father. Love and miss you.

          2. Oh, so today is a special day, happy birthday Sammy! where ever he is, I,m sure he’s scratching his head in disbelieve right now!

          3. Thank you, Mark. Sammy is spitting bullets, shaking his head, and swearing like a sailor about now. He hated college professors. Politicians. Was a terrible racist, I must admit, but at the same time his surgeon was black, go figure. He had his faults and blind spots, but big picture, a hellava guy.


  4. Ok, so I’m not the only one who finds the Cupcake Revolution intolerable. With the snowflakes trailing, I am fascinated with the strength and aggresiveness of such easily offended/-able softies. It is becoming more and more difficult to live one’s life…..to just be, without offending someone. It wasn’t always like this.

  5. “She captioned the photo, “This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton.”

    That’s YOUR opinion, sh#t-fer-brains, and you’re entitled to it, as per the 1st amendment.

    What your stupid commie tool @ss is NOT entitled to do is DICTATE to the rest of us what YOU think should be done about it.

    Like the opinion of a terminally stupid MORON such as yourself matters to anyone else with half a brain and some common sense.

  6. It’s F$&king cotton, you dumb shits!

    If I was as bored as you were to find cotton insensitive for some reason, I would just find the highest bridge with the most shallow water underneath it and jump off it.

  7. Gauze – Surgical bandages
    Underpants (opinion: because nothing else will suffice)
    Bras (same opinion as above)
    Candy (okay, poetic license)

    Janet, Happy Birthday to Sammy! And…

    Yesterday I made the carrot-cake energy balls you posted the recipe for. So good, and quick and easy. Thank you.



    1. Tee hee hee, and gotta hand it to Maury, always such high-minded, intelligent and honest programming. The only one who could really give Jerry Springer any true competition. It was he, and few other talk-show hosts that molded the minds of a generation. Helped take us where we are now. Thanks, Maury. Interesting that the cotton girl was white. But of course that was back when we loved our neighbor.


      1. Funny you should mention maury and jerry. My bro in law worked in Stanford CT for a bit and stayed at a hotel where the guests of both shows stayed. It was owned by hasidic joos. Every night my bro in law would meet the guests and most of them would meet each other for the very first time before taping the following day. Some people will do anything to get a few days away from home and $500.

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