Why do home improvement/interior design cable TV shows always feel the need to incorporate an animal print into a room if the homeowners are African-American?
I saw a show the other day (one where the hosts are there to help you de-clutter and redesign) and the redo on the bedroom was gorgeous - blue-grey walls, bedlinens of French-inspired red and grey silks, etc - so mellow, very subtle. The homeowners were black. So what did the designer do in the middle of that low-key relaxing bedroom of grey and dark red? Why put up yellow and black leopard print curtains, of course!
This makes me nuts. I mean, it's not like the designers are going to look at me and say, "Hmmm... she's Irish, right? Let's do this room all in shamrocks and shades of green!"
I figure, if a homeowner has a gorgeous collection of Afrocentric art or has expressed an interest in an African-themed room, that's one thing. But this subtle - and sometimes not-so-subtle - last minute inclusion of wild animal hide-ish stuff like some sort of perverse I-want-to-prove-I'm-the-culturally-sensitive-designer move? I dunno. It makes me slightly nuts.
Maybe it's just me.
Rant over. Back to cleaning my office. It's Monday. Time to start the week with a clear desk for once...