The Canadian arm of IKEA has unveiled a set of one-off loveseats to mark pride month, and in doing so it unleashed upon the world the most threatening piece of furniture ever conceived: the bisexual couch.

There are couches to celebrate a bunch of different identities, including a Two-Spirit couch, an asexual couch and a pansexual couch. The non-binary couch is adorned with some kind of chic harness, while the progress flag couch is covered in rainbow-coloured flowers.

The bisexual couch, meanwhile, is plastered with creepy-looking hands and the words: “When you change ‘or’ to ‘and’, nobody believes you.”

So why the fuck did the bisexual couch end up looking like some kind of nightmarish booby trap concocted deep within the lair of some biphobic supervillain? Do people really want to be reminded of bi erasure every time you they to kick back and unwind in their lounge room?

Naturally, the internet has some opinions.

Some people also considered the practical implications of having such a ghoulish piece of furniture in your own home.

Whereas others mocked up own interpretations of the theme.

Eventually, the artist behind the couch, Brian Lanigan, hopped on Twitter to set the record straight.

“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,” Lanigan wrote.

“I’m a spoken word poet and the hands are meant to represent the audience reaction, especially those of other bisexual folks who would approach me after performances and share their story with me.”

So there you have it, the spooky bisexual couch actually has a very powerful underlying meaning. You can watch Lanigan preform the poet as a teenager here.

Bye, king.

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