We live in a world where nearly anything goes. Wardrobe is the one element that changes, and becomes more flexible, over time. There are still occasions when dressing up is expected or even mandatory, and that’s certain. However, in general, people tend to wear whatever they want whenever they want to wear it. In this instance, two British women decided to go grocery shopping in their pajamas.
These two women hail from Nottingham. They decided to stay in their comfy night robes, sleeping pants, and slippers and hit up a local Tesco to grab some odds and ends. In the world we live in, we may look one and a half times at them in passing, but we wouldn’t look twice. We also wouldn’t bat an eye at this. As we said, people buy seats on planes for corgis these days.
One man, however, took extreme offense at these pajama-clad women’s public display of coziness. His name? Chris Cooke. He went as far as snapping a photo of the women to document their supposed indecency.
According to The Daily Mail, Cooke “branded the shoppers ‘bloody disgusting’ when he posted the picture of the women swanning down an aisle in the chain’s Salford store, in Manchester, in pink nightwear and slippers on Facebook.”
One of the women photographed by Cooke spoke out. “I’m disgusted that a man has taken our picture and put it online asking for Tesco to ban people wearing their [pajamas], she told The Sun. “Me and my mum were chatting and our language is different from other people and they probably [realized] that and decided to target us because of it.”
We googled “Nottingham stereotypes” and clicked the first link. It lead to an article on Impact Nottingham called “Five Things You Should Know About Living In Nottingham If You’re A Northerner,” and it points out the accent and lingo of people from Nottingham, differentiating it from those living in other parts of Britain.
With that in mind, Cooke’s actions have been viewed by many (including the women in pajamas) as racist in nature.
Some also viewed it as sexist. “It would be different if I had no clothes on and was walking around naked – but I had clothes on. I don’t feel the need to impress the man who is complaining about it,” one woman told The Sun. “I don’t need to dress up, put on make-up and do my hair for him. I only have my husband to impress, not some stranger in the supermarket.”
Whether Cooke’s Facebook post was truly sexist, a team member from Tesco reached out to him to address his concern. They mentioned that they have no formal dress code, but they do want their shoppers to feel comfortable. This is ironic, as the women were probably incredibly comfortable. In doing so, Cooke apparently was not.