SWEDISH RETAILER H and M APLOGISES FOR AD OF BLACK CHILD MODELING “MONKEY” SWEATSHIRT

JOHANNESBURG, Swedish fashion retailing group H and M has apologised for an advertisement featuring a black child modelling a sweatshirt with the slogan coolest monkey in the jungle and says it has removed it from all its marketing.

The ad was widely criticised for being racist, including by Canadian pop star The Weeknd, who collaborated with H and M, the world’s second-largest clothing group, on two collections in 2017. He said he would not do so again after seeing the advertisement.

The word monkey has long been used by some as a racial slur.

Swedish H and M said in an emailed statement Tuesday that it fully understood and agreed with The Weeknd’s reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print, it said, adding that it would now look into its internal practices to avoid similar situations in the future.

Other celebrities criticising the advertisement via social media included American rap star Diddy and basketball star LeBron James.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK