H&M Apologises After 'Coolest Monkey In The Jungle' Hoody Is Branded 'Racist'
Kids' clothing has come under fire recently for reinforcing gender stereotypes - something that even led John Lewis to remove 'boys' and 'girls' labels and introduce a gender-neutral line.
But now it seems it's not just the whole sugar-and-spice message that's causing offence, with high street giant H&M coming under fire after an image of a black child modelling a hoody with the slogan 'Coolest Monkey In The Jungle' surfaced.
The image was shared on social media after it appeared on the retail company's UK website, being labelled as 'racist', 'offensive' and 'irresponsible' by some people.
The top also came with another slogan of 'Mangrove Jungle Survival Expert', which was modelled by a white child.
The product on the website now shows the item without either of the models.
Despite the widespread criticism of the hoody, not everyone saw issue with the image, with some people defending the Swedish chain by saying it was simply 'an innocent mistake'.
An H&M spokeswoman said: "This image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologise to anyone this may have offended."
Singer The Weekend has cut all ties with the clothing brand who he used to represent.
Man maybe im just ignorant but when I was a kid you were literally called a little monkey every time you did something funny or mischievous. I understand things might differ greatly from the UK to USA but Christ on a bike im sure people just want to be angry about something lol.
Edited by Jolldan, 09 January 2018 - 05:15 AM.