The backlash over H&M’s ad featuring a young black child wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie is still raging on— and now the boy’s mother has spoken out about the controversial ad.
In a shocking response to commenters on her face Facebook page, the model’s mother, Terry Mango, is telling everyone to “get over it.” Apparently, she doesn’t see what the hubbub is all about.
Mango, who lives in Sweden, where H&M is based, said that she was at the photoshoot and allowed her son to wear the “monkey” hoodie. “[I 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.”
Although Mango doesn’t have a problem with the hoodie, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t at least talk about the fact that someone at H&M didn’t see how an image like that would be perceived by the world.
R&B singer The Weeknd and rapper G-Eazy both terminated their partnerships with the clothing retailer. “Whether an oblivious oversight or not, it’s truly sad and disturbing that in 2018, something so racially and culturally insensitive could pass by the eyes of so many (stylist, photographer, creative and marketing teams) and be deemed acceptable,” said G-Eazy. “I can’t allow for my name and brand to be associated with a company that could let this happen.”
“I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level,” he continued.
Meanwhile, folks on Twitter are dragging Terry Mango for her naiveté, while others feel that people should move on with their lives.
Read their actions below.