Clothing giant H&M has been slammed for racism after featuring a photo of a black boy wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie.
The hoodie, which was sold in the clothing chain’s U.K. stores, sparked a social media backlash, with consumers vowing to stop shopping at its stores and calling for an investigation. H&M apologized for the hoodie and said it would remove the image. As of Monday morning, the hoodie is still available on its website, although the model’s image was no longer posted.
Although H&M has apologize saying:
“We sincerely apologize for this image. It has been now removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do, and will be reviewing our internal routines.”
The Weeknd, who began starring in campaigns for the company in 2017, tweeted Monday.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 8, 2018
— Models Of Diversity (@ModsOfDiversity) January 8, 2018
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 8, 2018