The mother of a child model who wore a hoodie that came under fire for carrying a “racist” message is refusing to toe the progressive line.
The Swedish fashion retailer, H&M, was forced to apologize for the article of clothing, which featured a small black child in a green hoodie bearing the words “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” The company faced serious backlash after outrage over the shirt spread over social media, with claims that the words were “racist” and constituted “hate speech.”
It even prompted hip hop artists The Weeknd and G-Eazy to end their relationships with the fashion retailer. The Weeknd had partnered with H&M for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and modeled some of its clothing.
Other celebrities who criticized the shirt include LeBron James, and Sean Combs. USA Today referred to the sales page of the shirt as a “disturbing image.”
The model’s mother, Terry Mango, isn’t having any of it. She told critics to just “get over it” and “stop crying wolf” over racism.
In a series of scathing messages posted on Facebook, she wrote: “[I’m] 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.”
“That’s my son. [I’ve] been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception, everyone is entitled to their opinion about this,” she said, concluding that “I really don’t understand [why this is an issue] but not [because] [I] am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
H&M has removed the $10 jumper from its US and UK websites.
“We agree with all the criticism that this has generated – we have got this wrong and we agree that, even if unintentional, passive or casual racism needs to be eradicated wherever it exists . . .We will now be doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in future,” said H&M in a statement.