Get over it, says mother of child in 'racist' H&M hoodie

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2018

"I really don't understand but not coz (sic) am choosing not to but because it's not my way of thinking, sorry".

Musician The Weeknd cut professional ties with the brand while sports stars including basketball player LeBron James and Manchester United footballer Romelu Lukaku slammed the image on social media.

Nicki Minaj is in the hot seat after H&M, who she collaborated with in December for a holiday fashion line, came under fire for a racially insensitive image of a black boy wearing a sweater with the word "monkey".

A woman named Terry Mango, who is from Kenya but lives in Sweden, is believed to be the mother of the child model, and screenshots of comments she allegedly posted about the situation have begun to circulate online.

In another message, she added: "That's my son.... av been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception, everyone is entitled to their opinion about this". Her social media profiles show multiple images of her with the boy pictured in the H&M campaign, and also show that she has been bombarded with criticism online.

Style blogger Stephanie Yeboah was one of the most vitriolic towards the H&M advert. He fumed on social media: "U got us all wrong!" And we ain't going for it! I see a Young King!

"We as African Americans will always have to break barriers, prove people wrong and work even harder to prove we belong but guess what, that's what we love because the benefits at the end of the road are so lovely!"


"Woke up this morning shocked and embarassed by this photo", the singer said on Twitter.

Other celebrities such as LeBron James and Diddy also criticized H&M and posted edited pictures showing the boy with a crown. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore".

"We understand that many people are upset about the image".

After intense pressure and loss of a few partnership deals - including Ethiopian-Canadian artist The Weeknd - they finally issued a formal apology and withdrew the hoodie from their shelves.

He wrote: "H&M you got us all wrong!"

The Swedish-based company says it is sorry the image was taken. We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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