Celebrities Respond to H&M Ad Showing Black Child Wearing "Coolest Monkey" Sweatshirt
H&M is hot water after a UK ad campaign was released featuring a black child wearing a sweatshirt that says, "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle."
H&M's Response via Business Insider:
We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally. It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. This is without any doubt. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.
H&M's response seems interesting, especially the part that says they are sorry that the image was taken.
Does that mean that the "coolest monkey" part was not superimposed after a generic photoshoot?
If that is indeed the case, that brings us to another point that's being made all over the internet--where were the parents in all this?
Many people are also asking what all the hoopla is about and why the sweatshirt is so offensive.
One Twitter user summed it up quite nicely.
Historically, BLACK people have been called monkeys as demeaning and belittling references...so if they were to switch the hoodies...yes it would make a difference— Dany Annie Oakley (@Dany_Jonae) January 8, 2018
Many celebrities, including Floyd Mayweather and LeBron James, responded with their own version of the photo.
The Weeknd, the popular singer who has collaborated with the clothing store numerous times, announced today via Twitter that he has severed ties with the company.
What are your thoughts on this controversey? Do you think H&M should have responded differently?