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8 days ago
6/3/03
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So remember that “Racist” monkey hoodie that H&M put out? Yeah, about that...

Glad to see there are still some sane people left in the world:

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Mother of H&M child model in ‘racist’ hoodie advert tells people to ‘get over it’

You would think that with all the money that these global brands have, they would stop making such massive PR blunders. The last year has seen numerous mishaps from various global companies, with the Kendall Jenner and Pepsi advert being the standout example. For those of you that don't remember, the advert claimed that all of the ills in the world could be solved by one simple action: handing out a can of soda.

While Pepsi was quick to pull the advert from the media, and no doubt that the "creative" behind the commercial was swiftly given their marching orders, its place in history was firmly cemented. Kendall cried, Pepsi apologised and the world carried on drinking Coca-Cola.

However, it appears that these companies do not learn. This week has brought with it another PR blunder of epic proportions by the fashion house, H&M. As I'm sure you're all aware by now, H&M recently dropped a new kids line which featured a fairly insensitive item of clothing.

The garment in question was a kids hoodie which read "coolest monkey in the jungle," and it was being modelled by a young black child. Unsurprisingly, given the connotations that have come with that word in the past, the fashion powerhouse found itself in the middle of a furious backlash

However, despite the furore surrounding the hoodie, the mother of the child has spoken out and said that she is not bothered at all. Terry Mango, who is originally from Kenya but now lives in Sweden, is believed to be the mother of the child and screenshots of her alleged comments regarding the situation have begun to circulate online

The comments, which were posted on her Facebook, read: "[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modelled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.

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"That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all [of his] photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this. I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry."

While Terry appears to forgive the fashion house over the hoodie, H&M did issue an official apology on Twitter, saying: "We understand that many people are upset about the image of the children’s hoodie. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. 

"We’re deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. Therefore, we’ve not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering

 

"It’s obvious that our routines haven’t been followed properly. This is without any doubt. We’ll thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again."

Regardless of whether you believe that this hoodie is fundamentally racist or not, it was an unbelievable mistake by H&M's PR team to even allow people to come to their own conclusions regarding the hoodie. I'm sure that the people behind both the casting, and the shoot itself, will be getting a bit more than a slap on the wrist

8 days ago
8/29/08
Posts: 3468
So black people can't be in Kentucky fried chicken commercials ?
8 days ago
8/11/14
Posts: 241
Transporter - So black people can't be in Kentucky fried chicken commercials ?
It would hurt my feelings... so no
8 days ago
2/23/05
Posts: 10356

That design has nothing on the Kill Whitey T

8 days ago
11/3/07
Posts: 10855

Libs were saying she’s not from the US so she doesn’t know about stereotypes

8 days ago
10/16/10
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What does the response from Fiona Freedom say?

I'm assuming the usual sjw nonsense... chastise those who commit wrongthink.

8 days ago
4/29/09
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NJstileNJ -

Libs were saying she’s not from the US so she doesn’t know about stereotypes

Lol really?
8 days ago
10/15/13
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NJstileNJ -

Libs were saying she’s not from the US so she doesn’t know about stereotypes

I swear being Lib is borderline a mental disease.
8 days ago
11/7/07
Posts: 23222
Al Cappucino - 
NJstileNJ -

Libs were saying she’s not from the US so she doesn’t know about stereotypes

I swear being Lib is borderline a mental disease.

borderline???
8 days ago
11/28/14
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holly9000 -

That design has nothing on the Kill Whitey T

That shirt looks like.....nothing but a couple of designs???

8 days ago
6/30/07
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ImOldGreg -
holly9000 -

That design has nothing on the Kill Whitey T

That shirt looks like.....nothing but a couple of designs???

All I'm seeing is a messed up wonder bread logo.

What am I missing here?
8 days ago
2/9/14
Posts: 5061
NJstileNJ - 

Libs were saying she’s not from the US so she doesn’t know about stereotypes


Shows you the Libs are the real bigots. This is their classic "You're not smart enough to be offended so I'll be offended for you." routine.
8 days ago
12/1/03
Posts: 19656
I call my kids monkeys all the time. I had to stop calling my nephews "boy" because of the hysteria.
8 days ago
9/27/03
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Good on that mom

8 days ago
7/5/13
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But Labron! He called him a little king. The mother who doesn’t describe herself in a racial stereotype and has a mind of her own should be ashamed for not being part of the victim agenda. I’m appalled. 

8 days ago
10/14/05
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disbeliever - 

Good on that mom


Yup. If there's going to be racism in the world, at least get paid for it!
8 days ago
10/30/14
Posts: 2355

I remember there was a Maxim section called "found porn." It was unintentional sexual adds/statues/foods. Just like porn, unintentional racism will happen. It just will.

If H&M doubled down and said "we thought you niggers would like this," then sure, cause a stink. 

8 days ago
1/4/14
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Telamon - I call my kids monkeys all the time. I had to stop calling my nephews "boy" because of the hysteria.

I got in trouble once for saying, "Boy! It sure is hot today!" Dude I was working with turned to me and said, "Let's let that be the last time you call me 'boy'" WTF?
8 days ago
9/27/03
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frederic -
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Good on that mom


Yup. If there's going to be racism in the world, at least get paid for it!

What’s racist? Can you show where they specifically chose this boy, who the mom admitted has modeled tons of clothes before, for this hoodie? And they chose him for being black?

 

8 days ago
7/22/09
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frederic -
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Good on that mom


Yup. If there's going to be racism in the world, at least get paid for it!

What’s racist? Can you show where they specifically chose this boy, who the mom admitted has modeled tons of clothes before, for this hoodie? And they chose him for being black?

 

It's as if you want someone to explain to you why you are simple-stupid..

8 days ago
11/8/09
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Someone on a different thread is claiming the word “knuckles” is a racist term. It’s getting pretty stupid. 

8 days ago
2/13/11
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Whats next? You cant give a kid a banana because he/she is black? Shits getting beyond ridiculous.
8 days ago
9/27/03
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BruiserBrody -
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frederic -
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Good on that mom


Yup. If there's going to be racism in the world, at least get paid for it!

What’s racist? Can you show where they specifically chose this boy, who the mom admitted has modeled tons of clothes before, for this hoodie? And they chose him for being black?

 

It's as if you want someone to explain to you why you are simple-stupid..

Good talk

8 days ago
2/13/11
Posts: 5836
I get that there is racism in this world but a sweater with the text "coolest monkey in the jungle" is not racist. These faggots need to learn to pick their battles.
8 days ago
10/24/17
Posts: 2019
shatefak - I get that there is racism in this world but a sweater with the text "coolest monkey in the jungle" is not racist. These faggots need to learn to pick their battles.

No, but running an ad with a black kid model a sweater that says that is, for obvious reasons,  terrible idea. 

What the kid's mom thinks is irrelevant to that. Next let's find out if his agent has a problem with it!