Swedish clothing retail company, H&M has been labeled “racist” for their online advertisement that featured a young black boy modeling a sweatshirt that read “Coolest monkey in the jungle.”
The image, which was recently advertised on H&M’s website in Britain, ignited an uproar on social media, with many people describing the image and statement – Coolest monkey in the jungle as inappropriate and offensive.
Critics said it was tone deaf and filled with racist undertones, many more are calling for a boycott of the H&M brand over the picture.
H&M had apologized Monday in a statement to The Washington Post:
“We apologise to anyone this may have offended.
“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.”
The photograph was being using in the children’s section of the UK site and some people weren’t happy.
Dexter Neptune wrote: #BlackTwitter h&m is cancelled won’t see anymore money from me.
Another user compared the image to one of a white child modelling a hoodie with the words “jungle survival expert.”
Others questioned how no-one spotted that the image with inscription – Coolest monkey in the jungle may be offensive.
Someone else wrote:
“No doubt the H&M monkey hoodie photoshoot was organised with completely innocent intentions but in today’s outrage society you have to triple check everything you do.”
Some other people have also come to the brand’s rescue, defended the clothing brand saying it was an innocent mistake and that the brand isn’t racist.