Just days after the public went bananas over her son’s participation in a controversial ad, the mother of that young model has a message for the masses: get over it!
H&M broke the Internet for all of the wrong reasons a few days ago when it featured an African child model wearing a hoodie that bore the phrase, “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.” Many who saw the feature online deemed the showing as racially insensitive and altogether inappropriate since the term, “monkey” has historically been used to demean Africans. The youngster’s mom, however, doesn’t seem to understand the uproar.
“Stop crying wolf all the time,” Terry Mango said in reply to a social media user who condemned H&M for its poor taste. “Unnecessary issue here,” Mango shared. “Get over it.” Get over it, huh? Interesting.
Now, to be fair, Terry Mango is of Kenyan descent and resides in Sweden. So maybe she is unaware of the problem with referring to Africans as monkeys in ANY context. Perhaps, she too missed the part of history where European traders referenced her African ancestors as such right before either selling them off to other owners or disposing of them on those old slave ships.
Or, maybe Mango has been absent from society at large and, as such, hasn’t watched the worldwide news for the past few years. She probably hasn’t seen racial tensions reach a boiling point in the United States where H&M has numerous retail stores. She totally missed the whole overseas travel warning of 2016 that warned black and brown tourists to be careful when visiting the United States because of the high levels of discrimination against such persons at the time. Several folks from the United Kingdom and surrounding regions saw and condemned such racism, but Mango must have slept through it all. Amazing!
So anyway, H&M removed the ad shortly after the masses complained and issued an apology for what they said was an honest mistake.