Retailer Oasis Fashion has come under fire for a recent ad recreating Solange’s A Seat At The Table to promote hair clips. The ad, published in London’s Evening Standard, features a profile image of a White model with hair clips styled very similarly to Solange’s now-iconic cover.
It’s one thing to be inspired by someone else’s artistic creations, and no one holds a style patent for hair clips, but this is way too much. Even more insulting is that Solange’s record-breaking album has become synonymous with all the magic feels related to the Black experience — including black girl magic and black hair magic. This image, in particular, even went viral with celebs, children and social media fans of all races paying homage to its cultural impact.
Needless to say, social media was not having it.
"I gentrified it awayyyyy" pic.twitter.com/WYSvXQBSEn
— DomesticJulius (@FunnyJulius) November 29, 2016
today on; no you absolutely the fuq will NOT. pic.twitter.com/t0x4HFPDkb
— seye isikalu (@byisikalu) November 29, 2016
They Columbussed Solange! WHY, FATHA GAWD? pic.twitter.com/icl9CnApwm
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) November 30, 2016
— Mila (@KissMyMahogany) November 29, 2016
— Someone actually (@imanilindsay) November 29, 2016
No word on a response from the retailer or newspaper yet, but maybe they both need to take several seats – at the table – to see why this is so wrong.