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Slavery-Themed Bathroom

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Updated Dec 04, 2023 at 05:42PM EST by Zach.

Added Dec 04, 2023 at 02:56PM EST by Phillip Hamilton.

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Slavery-Themed Bathroom refers to a viral video in which designer and artist Hannah Polskin showcases a bathroom that she decorated with pieces of African art and a toilet paper holder resembling a chain, which some viewers interpreted as a slavery-themed bathroom. The video was deleted as it went viral on TikTok and other social media sites in late November 2023, inspiring largely negative reactions towards the decorations. Within a week of posting the video, Polskin did not respond to the accusations of theming the bathroom after slavery.

Origin

On or shortly prior to November 27th, 2023, TikToker[1] @hannahpolskinstudio, a designer and artist, posted a video captioned "one thing about me is I will focus on the details" in which she decorates a bathroom with various pieces of African artwork. Among the artwork is a toilet paper roll holder that resembles a thick pair of chains. The video was deleted sometime shortly after and a full reupload has not been found.

On that day, TikToker[2] @jpgeez posted a video questioning the design of the bathroom, particularly focusing on the chain toilet roll holder, asking if it's Polskin's bathroom and garnering over a million views in a week. In the video, he suggests the rest of the artwork in the bathroom is fine, but the chain holder along with the African artwork draws a comparison to slavery.

@jpgeez #greenscreen #greenscreenvideo @Hannah Polskin ♬ original sound – JPG

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The video inspired further reactions over the following week, with many sharing outrage over the toilet paper holder and deeming the bathroom "slavery-themed." For example, on November 27th, 2023, TikToker[3] @cyberexboyfriend posted a video reacting negatively to the bathroom, garnering over 160,000 views in a week (shown below, left).

On November 28th, TikToker[4] @dejatwo posted a similar reaction, garnering over 2.6 million views in six days (shown below, right).

@cyberexboyfriend #stitch with @Hannah Polskin #greenscreen the hottest interior design trend of 2024 #interiordecor #interiordesigntrends #designtrends #bathroommakeover ♬ Say Yes To Heaven – Sped Up – Lana Del Rey

@dejatwo The Hannah Polskin bathroom incident #interiordesign #art #artist #drama #storytime #greenscreen #dejatwo ♬ original sound – DejaTwo

On December 1st, X[5] user @seangarrette shared a video reacting to the bathroom, writing, "Have y’all seen this? I’m actually appalled. A slavery themed bathroom?" garnering over 700 likes in three days. On the same day, TikToker[6] @sarahbearaahh posted a shocked reaction to the video, garnering over 4.7 million views in three days (shown below). On December 2nd, Dexerto[7] then reported on the video.

@sarahbearaahh I thought yall were reaching and then I saw it and I- what😭😭#iykyk #interiordesign #interiordecorating #trend #bathroom ♬ Say Yes To Heaven – Sped Up – Lana Del Rey


Various Examples

@tiffanicvd #stitch with @JPG SLAVERY AESTHETIC BATHROOM 👀🫨🫨 #decor #homedecor #bathroom #bathroomdecor #african #africa #africanart #slavery #aesthetic #whatisthis #tonedeaf #icant ♬ original sound – tiffani 🧚🏾| 4c natural hair

@starreports Tiktoker With an Offensive Bathroom Design Choice! #news #starreports #breakingnews #fyp #viralvideo ♬ original sound – Star Reports ⭐️

@screenshothq Hannah Polskin showed viewers a tour of her home, showing off her decor. However, her bathroom design raised many viewers’ eyebrows. Polskin’s bathroom is decorated with photos, including one of Muhammad Ali, African-inspired art, an African tribal mask and figurine, and an afro pick, among other objects. Her toilet paper holder is made out of chains. #hannahpolskinstudio #slavery #bathroomdecor #africaninspired #pr #greenscreen #hannahpolskin #bathroomdesign ♬ you not the same – tilekid

@conversational_centrist My bathroom might look like it was "decorated" by a sad colorblind man. But I now know it could've been so much worse. And a win is a win. #politics #uspolitics #ushistory #slavery #interiordecorating #badchoices #whitepeoplethings #fyp ♬ Hurricane – Bridgit Mendler

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