Store displays slave outfit with ’12 Years a Slave’ DVD
There’s no doubt that this year’s award-winning films made an impact on street fashion, but one Oxford, New England store has raised quite a few eyebrows with their current display for 12 Years a Slave.
For reasons unknown, an Oxford branch of the supermarket embellished its DVD and Blu-ray stand for Steve McQueen’s film about the horrors of slavery with a mannequin wearing a similar outfit to that of protagonist Solomon Northup.
Looking defiantly summer-ready, the mannequin wears a loose-fitting, holey beige shirt and black trousers, completing the look with a twig in the front pocket.
Backed by spindly branches and standing next to a plaque that shouts ‘NEW’, it wears a tag around its neck bearing the price of the recently-released DVD, suggesting the clothes themselves aren’t for sale, though the juxtaposition is a strange one nonetheless.
A picture of the display quickly went viral, after a shopper uploaded the photo to their Twitter account.
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “We can only apologise. It’s been taken down from the Heyford Hill store and clearly should never have gone up in the first place.”
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