A woman is defending herself after receiving criticism from the public after a modeling ad of her son wearing a shirt entitled “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” went viral for reported racist undertones.
New York Post reports that in a series of Facebook tweets, Terry Mango, of Stockholm, Sweden, said not only did she support that advertisement, but that people should simply “get over it” and stop being “sensitive.” She later deleted her posts.
I have this same mother of this boy on my page trending on Facebook I made screenshot of what she said to this post and everyone is shouting ????her name is terry mango@billboardhiphop @KraksTV @bellanaija @lindaikeji @theweeknd pic.twitter.com/dZWSBGwMGo
— ?HUNCHO? (@oluwa_popoola) January 9, 2018
“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. If I bought that jumper and put it on him and posted it on my pages, would that make me racist? I get pples opinion, but they are not mine.”
In a separate message, she explained that she couldn’t comprehend the backlash because it was “not her way of thinking.”
The company that made the shirt, H&M, pulled the advertisement down after numerous complaints, including celebrities who slammed the ad, such as NBA star LeBron James and music producer and artist, P Diddy. The Weeknd ended a partnership with company shortly after the backlash, according to Page Six.
So the black kid gets to wear the H&M sweater with "Coolest monkey in the jungle" and the white kid with "Survival expert". This is beyond disgusting. It's a projection of your neocolonial thinking. You won't see me anywhere near your shops these days @hm pic.twitter.com/5FS9HHvhKu
— big_deen (@big_deen75) January 8, 2018
“We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States,” the company wrote. “We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
Gulf News reports that Mango herself said she started getting racist remarks thrown her way, with some social media users calling her a “monkey.” She told the outlet she found it ironic that people supposedly fighting racism were making racist remarks against her.
“How can you fight racism if you make racist remarks,” she said. “You cannot try to defend my son and use the same words to describe me.”
[Feature Photo: H&M screenshot]