We know y’all have been following this story! And it just keeps getting more outrageous.
The mother of the boy who modeled H&M’s very controversial “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” sweatshirt slammed celebs and social media justice warriors for “crying wolf” and told them to “get over it.”
She’s come under a lot of fire for even letting this photo be taken, let alone published, and now she is clapping back.
Terry Mango, who is from Nigeria and lives in Sweden, said in a series of now-deleted Facebook posts that she doesn’t believe the ad was racially insensitive. Wait. What??!!
Here’s what happened:
- The Swedish clothing giant H&M went viral on January 8, 2018 after people noticed a photo in its online store that showed a black child model wearing a hoodie sweatshirt with the words: Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.
- The photo was circulated online and controversy blew up. Celebs began using their social media platforms to weigh in—basketball superstar LeBron James, soccer player Romelu Lukaku, rapper G-Eazy, drummer and producer Questlove, musician The Weeknd—and the mass disapproval just kept growing.
- H&M issued two mea culpas, the latest one stating in part: “Racism and bias in any shape or form, conscious or unconscious, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable and need to be eradicated from society. In this instance we have not been sensitive enough to this agenda. Please accept our humble apologies.”
- Diddy allegedly wants to offer the child a $1 million contract to model for his own clothing line, Sean John.
But there was something missing from all the fuss…The boy’s parents. The model has still not been publicly named, but finally his mom stepped forward and what she said is stirring the pot into a frenzy.
“[I] am the mum and this is one of [the] hundreds of outfits my son has modeled,” she wrote in an online comment. “Stop crying wolf all the time.”
After someone on Facebook asked if she could understand why people were upset over her son wearing a hoodie calling him a monkey, she said no, she doesn’t get all the fuss. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry,” she wrote.
A few folks weighed in online, wondering if the fact that Mango is not American might have something to do with her thought process. But they are quickly shut down with the facts.
Others say it’s gone beyond all that. This whole thing belongs to the world now, and it doesn’t matter what the mom thinks.
So we have high-powered celebs saying the ad and its message is horrible and wrong. We have H&M issuing two public apologies. We have the child’s mom saying it’s no biggie and to “get over it.”
What do YOU say? Weigh in here, fam!!