H&M Monkey Sweatshirt Model’s Mother: ‘Get Over It’
The mother of the H&M model shown wearing a "coolest monkey in the jungle" sweatshirt is telling naysayers to "get over it" as several more celebrities criticized the company.
In a post on social media, Terry Mango said "This is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled... stop crying Wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here.........get over it."
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American rapper G-Eazy on Wednesday canceled a partnership with H&M after the Swedish clothing retailer was accused of racism over the image of the black child in the sweatshirt.
The rapper, whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum, tweeted that he decided "our partnership needs to end" after seeing "the disturbing image." Singer The Weeknd said on Monday he would end his ties with the company where he has a clothing line after saying he was "shocked and embarrassed" by the photo.
NBA star LeBron James and rapper Diddy also responded with outrage earlier in the week. Diddy posted an image online with a sweatshirt revised to read "Coolest king in the world."
The retailer has apologized and removed the image, but not before the ad was widely challenged Tuesday on social media as being racist and inappropriate.
The retailer said in an email Wednesday that "we completely understand and agree with the reactions by The Weeknd, G-Eazy and others." The company also posted an apology to its social media accounts.
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