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Texas woman calls Hobby Lobby's fall cotton plant decor 'wrong on so many levels' in viral post

Woman called for removal of decor, others defended Hobby Lobby

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KILLEEN, Texas – A Killeen woman is under fire after she complained about a fall decor display on Hobby Lobby's Facebook page.

The woman, Daniell Rider, posted a photo of raw cotton plants in vases -- presumably on shelves at her local Hobby Lobby store -- and said "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. PLEASE REMOVE THIS 'decor.'"

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The post has been shared 16,000 times since it was posted on Thursday.

People were quick to come to the defense of Hobby Lobby's display. One woman asked Rider whether she got offended at the sight of commodities like sugar, coffee and rice -- materials once planted, harvested by slaves.

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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

Others said Rider was hypocritical because she presumably uses cotton products like clothing, towels and bedsheets.

The post prompted feedback with over 175,000 comments. 

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