Clothing retailer H&M is in some hot water because of an advertisement for a child’s sweatshirt. People are crying racism after seeing a black child wearing a green hoody that proclaims that he is “The Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.” Now the boy’s mother is firing back at these celebrities who are using her son in their cries of racism.
Rappers and professional athletes have launched a boycott of H&M after seeing the advertisement. The Weeknd even terminated his marketing relationship with the retailer. Puff Daddy offered the boy $1 million to come model for him. NBA star LeBron James stoked the fires by posting about the ad as well.
@hm u got us all wrong! And we ain't going for it! Straight up! Enough about y'all and more of what I see when I look at this photo. I see a Young King!! The ruler of the world, an untouchable Force that can never be denied! We as African Americans will always have to break barriers, prove people wrong and work even harder to prove we belong but guess what, that's what we love because the benefits at the end of the road are so beautiful!! #LiveLaughLove❤️ #LoveMyPeople🤴🏾👸🏾👨🏾⚖️👩🏾⚖️
Talk show host Wendy Williams addressed this topic on her show. In addition to blaming H&M, Williams also pointed her finger at the child’s mother in the video below.
The mother of the model has had enough of what she calls an “unnecessary controversy.”
Terry Mango lives in Sweden but is originally from Nigeria. “Am the mum and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modelled… stop crying wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here… get over it (sic),” she wrote on Facebook.
The mother doesn’t take issue with the ad. Many parents refer to their children as monkeys because they jump around a lot. I am guilty of that and we are white. I would have definitely allowed my child to wear that hoodie.
Remarkably, Mango is under attack on social media for not believing this is a racist advertisement. Ironically, she is being called racist names and even being called a monkey herself by the same people who claim the word is racist! “How can you fight racism if you make racist remarks?” she wrote. “You cannot try to defend my son and use the same words to describe me.”
In this hypersensitive world, every company needs to be hypervigilant about its products.
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Source Daily Mail