March 17, 2018

H&M Issues Apology After Running Ad Showing Black Model With 'Monkey' Hoodie

09 January 2018, 02:09 | Cassandra Thompson

H&M Issues Apology After Running Ad Showing Black Model With 'Monkey' Hoodie

H&M The Weeknd

Toronto-based rapper, The Weeknd, who released his own line with H&M a year ago, announced via Twitter that he will no longer be working with the company.

Clothing retailer H&M apologized Monday after featuring on its United Kingdom website a young black male model wearing a sweatshirt that said "monkey" on its front.

H&M apologized on Monday - but some people think that isn't enough.

However, many have claimed that the "empty" apology came too late.

After facing sharp criticism on social media, the brand apologized on Monday and seemed to remove the item from its U.S. website.

In a statement, H&M said, "We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image".

Green Bay Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager position
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Nivea, part of German skincare group Beiersdorf, pulled an ad with a slogan "white is purity" in April, after it was shared by right wing groups.

H&M removed the item from its website after hundreds of social media users accused the ad of being racist.

Fashion designer Alex Medina, actress Niecy Nash and Karamo Brown of "Queer Eye for Straight Guy" cast were also critical of H&M.

Rather than join the chorus of complaints about what many considered to be a way of conveying a racist message or lack of awareness from the marketing team, Chris Classic made a decision to do something about it.

Brown tweeted directly at H&M: "this is disgusting & irresponsible".

Social media users argued this was racist because "monkey" is a known racial slur.

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