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Mon Jan 8, 2018 3:22pm

H&M Apologizes for ‘Monkey’ Image Featuring Black Child

The clothing retailer H&M apologized on Monday for an image appearing in its online store that showed a black child model wearing a hooded sweatshirt that said “coolest monkey in the jungle.” The company removed the image on Monday and said it would also pull the shirt from its stores worldwide.

The image was widely criticized online for its reference to a monkey, an animal that has long featured in racial and ethnic slurs. The Weeknd, a Canadian pop star of Ethiopian descent, was one of those who criticized the clothing giant, writing on Twitter that he would decline to work with the company in the future.

In a statement, H&M said it agreed with those who were “upset about the image.”

“We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”

As of Monday afternoon, the shirt, without the original model image, was still available for sale on its British site.

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I thought the goal was a society whose members are racially color blind; that men, women and children are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I do not know what the intent was of all the men and women who created and published this ad. Perhaps it was malicious for all of them and no one nipped it in the bud.

Perhaps when you are racially color blind you also become racially tone deaf? While those who are not can hear dog whistles where there are none?

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