Mother Of H&M “Coolest Monkey” Model Says “Get Over It”

January 12, 2018
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There is yet another twist in the H&M public relations nightmare which recently erupted.

If you haven’t heard about it, where have you been? But basically, H&M received huge flack after a black child model was posed in a hoodie that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

But now, comments made by a woman who appears to be the young model’s Mother have emerged on social media – and she’s telling critics to let it go.

A Facebook exchange which involved a woman named Terry Mango, a Kenyan national who resides and works in Sweden, was posted to the Instagram account of Instablog9ja — a verified account which accepts user submitted stories and seems to focus on content from Africa (predominantly Nigeria).

In the post, Mango says that she is the mother of the child model and responds as follows :

“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. If I bought that jumper and put it on him and posted it on my pages, would that make me a racist? I get (people’s) opinion, but they are not mine”

The image, which appeared on the e-commerce site in the U.K. created an international PR nightmare for H&M after it surfaced on Twitter.

Critics had demanded everything from an apology to a complete boycott of the brand.

Celebrities then began denouncing the company including the Weeknd, who said he would cut ties with the company; and P. Diddy, who reportedly offered the young boy an opportunity to model for Diddy’s Sean John clothing brand.

H&M completely removed the image from the website and took the product out of rotation completely, promising to recycle the unsold garments.

Opinions from the international community have spread among those who believed H&M was being intentionally racist, inadvertently racist or not racist at all.

However, some critics had equally harsh words for the boy’s parents for allowing him to model the hoodie in the first place.

This may have ultimately prompted the woman to post to followers via her Facebook page, which would have been private had one of her “friends” not shared the post with Instablog9ja.

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