H&M removes ‘coolest monkey’ ad after racism accusation


8 January, 2018


A black boy models a hoodie with the slogan ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’. Source: H&M


Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz on Monday apologised and removed an advertisement of a black child after the company was accused of being racist on social media.




A photo on the company’s online website of a black boy wearing a green hoodie with the inscription “in the jungle” triggered outrage among observers.

“Whose idea was it at @hm to have this little sweet black boy wear a jumper that says ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’?” style blogger Stephanie Yeboah tweeted on Sunday.

“You do know that monkey is a known racial slur to black people right?” she added.

“The image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologise to anyone this may have offended,” the company told AFP.

Many social media users were outraged at the hoodie ad, with some accusing the ad of being racist, while others claiming it was just insensitive.

You no you are Dam Wrong for that..Coolest Monkey in the Jungle…Really!

You will never have to worry about me ever coming into your stores…so Racist. pic.twitter.com/lxCKhlOVsp

9:47 PM – Jan 8, 2018
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Top Shotta 🎅🏾
Replying to @ehveeeee
Again I’m not sayin it was meant to be racist, but it should’ve never happened and I bet all of upper management at H&M agree with me.

9:46 PM – Jan 8, 2018
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H&M was insensitive not racist. There’s a difference.

9:45 PM – Jan 8, 2018
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Even if H&M didn’t “mean to be” racist, they should have realized the social climate we live in today and known that shit would be absolutely unacceptable.

9:26 PM – Jan 8, 2018
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A generic photo of the hooded sweatshirt without the modelling child is still available online.

H&M is not the only major company to be hit by an advertisement scandal in recent years.

Spanish clothing brand Zara in 2014 removed a striped pyjamas with a yellow star after facing outrage over its resemblance to clothes worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps.

And in October last year, personal care brand Dove apologised after it was accused of racism for airing a commercial showing a black woman turning into a white woman after removing her top.

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