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Complaint about cotton decoration on Hobby Lobby's Facebook page goes viral

Posted at 10:46 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 15:41:25-04

A woman's photo post to Hobby Lobby's Facebook page last week has been shared and commented on tens of thousands of times.

The woman shared a photo of a cotton decoration on Sept. 14, 2017 and said it is reminiscent of slavery and those who were forced to pick cotton. She is calling for the retailer to remove the item from shelves.

As of Monday afternoon her post had more than 166,000 comments and 15,000 shares.

Several who commented on the photo disagreed with the woman, saying people of many races have picked cotton. As of Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, there was not a formal response from Hobby Lobby.

On Monday, Sept. 18, the "Cotton Stems in Glass Vase" item on Hobby Lobby's website was on sale for $15, marked down from $29.99. It is described as a natural decor with hints of the great outdoors, including large fluffs of white cotton finish on each stem.

Individual cotton stems were $6.99 each.