‘Weird Corporate Pride Robotic Sofas’: Social Media Users Laugh at Ikea’s New Pride Sofa Collection
Swedish furniture and housewares company IKEA launched a series of pride-themed sofas that got people talking.
the Loveseats, published by IKEA Canada, is a collection of 10 sofa loveseats that have been redesigned, inspired by “pride flags of different 2SLGBTQ + identities”.
Designed by artists from these communities, they are meant to celebrate their unique identities and feature bright patterns with colors that reflect the flag that inspired them.
Some of the identities include two spirits (a third gender found in some Native American cultures), pansexual, transgender, asexual, and lesbian.
The bisexual sofa is covered in hot pink, purple and blue hand prints and features a pink 3D arm along the armrest.
The words sewn into the record and catching a lot of attention are the words, “When you change from OR to AND, no one believes you.” “
The slogan, which refers to how bisexual people are attracted to men and women, caused a stir on social media for also including the harmful words “no one believes you”.
A Twitter user wrote: “my bisexual self wakes up every morning to see my couch telling me” NOBODY BELIEVES YOU “.”
Someone else mentionned: “I dare you to think of something funnier that you could put on a two-themed sofa that ‘nobody believes you’.
Another posed the question: “You have a wonderful first date with someone then come home to see the ikea bi sofa, what do you do?
Many have pointed out how quite problematic the couch slogan is as it is common for bisexual people to see other people try to invalidate their sexual orientation.
One person referred to the fact that bisexual people can face the stigma of the LGBTQ + community.
They wrote: “I love how the people at ikea were like ‘gays hate bi people too, so let’s just remind them that no one believes them on those weird robotic corporate pride sofas.”
Other Twitter users were taken aback by the design of the asexual sofa, which featured pieces of black, gray, white and purple fabric arranged in a circular wave pattern on the sofa, to mirror the colors of the flag.
One person wrote: “This sexless sofa is possibly the least sexless sofa I have ever seen.
“Like, okay, you might not be interested in sex, but your couch is broken.” at. clown. “
For others, the whole concept of sofas to celebrate Pride was too much and was quickly ridiculed online.
Journalist Louis Staples joked: “Therapist: it’s good, the Ikea pride collection can’t hurt you.
Some came up with their own Pride sofa designs, while others created a “straight” sofa based on stereotypes.
However, others were happy that IKEA is helping uplift queer artists and spread awareness of other identities.
A person mentionned: “I know everyone has their own jokes about the ikea pride collection and rainbow capitalism, but I really really like the ace one and I am so thrilled that the ace flag has been included and represented. “