The Weeknd, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, Azealia Banks, others React to H&M Racial Offensive Ad - GhKings

The Weeknd, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, Azealia Banks, others React to H&M Racial Offensive Ad

The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Pusha T, Azealia Banks and other celebrities have put H&M on blast following racially-offensive ad “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”.

The Weeknd, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, others React to H&M Racial Offensive Ad
Ad by H&M.

The Weeknd is severing ties with H&M following a racially-insensitive ad, which features a young black model in a green hoodie that reads “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”

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The “Starboy” hitmaker took to Twitter to announce that he was ending his relationship with the Swedish clothing retailer, for which he teamed up with on a 2017 campaign. “woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,” he tweeted. “i’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore.”


The RootsQuestlove was among the first to point out that the ad was insulting. “I’m sure the apologies are a coming,” he wrote. “And the ads will be pulled. I’m certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something…wanna take a guess?”

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In the wake of controversy, H&M did pull the ad. They also issued a statement about its offensive nature. “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” they wrote. “We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

The damage, however, had already resulted in a series of artists boycotting H&M. Pusha T posted an altered version of the ad, which calls the young man the “king of the world” and changes H&M to read “SHAME.” “Accurate,” he wrote. “**Never shopped with you ever…not even for Tshirts @hm **.”


Accurate… **Never shopped with you ever…not even for Tshirts @hm **

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Snoop Dogg posted another version of the photo, which features a spinning crown on the child’s head. His hoodie reads: “Royalty.”


The way I️ c. It 👊🏾

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Nelly also weighed in, posting a side-by-side photo of the black model next to a white model. “Soooooooooo one survival expert and one is a monkey …with out reading the shirt which is which..?? WTF…???!!!!!” he wrote. “DAMM H&M YOU DO KNOW ITS 2018 right…”



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