What Is Going On With These IKEA Pride Sofas?
The internet can’t stop laughing.
We’ve just wrapped up Pride month, which means as July comes in like a lamb, corporations’ loudly performative LGBTQ+ support has gone out like a lion. One of the loudest lion roars? IKEA’s “love seats.” These sofas are modeled after the different Pride flags, including the pansexual, transgender, bisexual, asexual, lesbian, non-binary, genderfluid, and progress flags.
The “love seats” concept is cute, and we don’t hate the idea behind it when it’s coming from a popular furniture company, but some of these designs are… questionable. And, one in particular has the internet laughing and, frankly, a little scared.
therapist: the bisexual ikea couch isn't real it can't hurt you— alex (@alex_abads) June 29, 2021
the bisexual ikea couch: pic.twitter.com/0FVbP14Qsp
everyone is talking about how "nobody believes you" is written on the bi ikea couch but can we talk about how its COVERED IN FUCKING HANDS?????????? pic.twitter.com/dYgUAsJU8w— sand (@sanditimtom) June 29, 2021
Obsessed with how the bisexual Ikea couch turns into a horror movie prop when you change the text and colors around a little pic.twitter.com/JK5VpxPCFg— Pio (@wonderpetsfan1) June 29, 2021
While the execution is nightmare-fodder chic, the inspiration is from a spoken word poem that addresses a perspective that’s often overlooked. The poet, himself, now calls himself “bikea couch guy” on Twitter.
Hey everyone, I’d love to explain the NOBODY BELIEVES YOU love seat! The line “when you change ‘or’ to ‘and’, nobody believes you” is from a poem I wrote in high school about bisexual erasure I experienced from an ex-partner and others.— bikea couch guy (@braino_drano) June 29, 2021
As the first company to feature a same sex couple in a TV commercial in the US back in 1994, IKEA has been doing things right before it was “cool” for corporations to be loud and proud about Pride. We love a company that cares about representation, and in all fairness, some of the sofas are actually pretty awesome. (Can we build a whole room around that trans flag sofa with the clouds and rainbow???) That said, we’ll be avoiding the arms of our sofas in hopes they don’t come to life all the way until next June.
choose your fighter:— vin; androgyne (@hologramvin) June 29, 2021
- bisexual "nobody believes you" couch
- ugly nonbinary couch
- vaginal/yonic asexual couch
- unusable progress couch https://t.co/soe2waApiv