The Weeknd Parts Ways With H&M Amid Racial Controversy

09 January, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Gary Shelton
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Last year, the Weeknd unveiled a collaboration with discount fashion superstore H&M.

The Weeknd revealed he would be cutting ties with the Swedish clothing-retail company after it posted a product photo of a Black child sporting a hoodie that reads, "Coolest Monkey In The Jungle". Clothing giant H&M has apologized Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, and removed an advertising image of a black model in a sweatshirt with the words?Coolest monkey in the jungle.??

Questlove predicted early Monday that H&M would strike a conciliatory note, but the Roots' drummer/band leader also seemed to be saying it wouldn't be enough.

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"I am certain H&M is aware of the negative connotations presented", wrote one Twitter user.

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

The Black Twitter response calling for H&M to pull the ad was swift and quick.

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The image of the unsmiling child, who stares at the camera with his hands in his pockets, appeared on the United Kingdom version of the Swedish retailers online store.

While some netizens blamed carelessness, a lack of cultural awareness or bad styling decisions for the retailer's mistake, others weren't quite so forgiving.

Social media users argued this was racist because "monkey" is a known racial slur. "We have to do better", an art director Alex Medina of Vox Media tweeted.

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