The movie “12 Years a Slave” has certainly had an impact on the culture—it won the Oscar for Best Picture, after all—but that impact hasn’t translated to anyone really wanting to dress as the titular laborer, Solomon Northup.
Someone at a Sainsbury’s store in Oxford, England, must have believed that to be an oversight, because a display of DVDs and Blu-ray discs of the movie set up there was accompanied by a mannequin wearing clothes very similar to what the protagonist wears. The Independent
described the look in its Monday report:
“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.”
The mannequin also had the price of the DVD on a tag around its neck.
After a shopper posted a photo of the display on Twitter
, the department store chain responded: “We can only apologize. It’s been taken down from the Heyford Hill store and clearly should never have gone up in the first place.”
Twitter is still full of comments about the display, including this one: