by Jamilah King
Monday, May 19 2014, 11:21 AM ESTTags: 12 Years a Slave, Slavery
If you happen to be shopping at the Oxford branch of the British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s anytime soon, you might come across a display featuring DVD’s of “12 Years a Slave” — and an accompanying mannequin dressed up like the film’s main character, Solomon Northup:
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 andblack 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.
May 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm
I wonder what the reaction would have been if there was a “sexy concentration camp look in sext stripped pyjamas”?