Recently, H&M was under fire for a hoodie.
They featured a black kid wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle”. The problem here was that the viewers and those offended by the hoodie were racially charged and saw racism in everything, including the playfulness of a monkey and immediately saw it as an attack on black people.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 8, 2018
This image brought out a lot of people who associated black people with monkeys out of the woodwork.
And people like me had to be explained why it was racist. Because unlike them, we don’t automatically associate monkeys with black people, and more so energy, playfulness and giddiness. Many artists came forward with their own opinion and statement on the piece.
@hm u got us all wrong! And we ain't going for it! Straight up! Enough about y'all and more of what I see when I look at this photo. I see a Young King!! The ruler of the world, an untouchable Force that can never be denied! 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 beautiful!! #LiveLaughLove❤️ #LoveMyPeople🤴🏾👸🏾👨🏾⚖️👩🏾⚖️
Even, but not exclusively, The Weeknd.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 8, 2018
But the mother has since come out and made a statement on it.
She posted on her Instagram her thoughts on the matter, and she, much like many, didn’t see it as a problem.
“Am the mum and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modelled,” she wrote. “Stop crying Wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here. Get over it.”
“That’s my son… have been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception, everyone is entitled to their opinion about this.”
“I really don’t understand but not because am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.”
The mother of the young boy wearing the “monkey” sweater has come forward to respond to everyone defending her son, she says stfu and stop being so damn sensitive 😅 At this point, I’m now over it 🤦🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️ But in her defense, by the way she says “she’s his mum” tells me they are from another country, maybe she doesn’t completely understand our racial stereotypes in America….??🤔😳 #TeaTENDERS
But that didn’t stop other people from getting offended on her behalf.
According to sources, Diddy even offered her son a million dollar modelling contract. What a world.