The mother of the boy who modeled H&M's "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" sweatshirt slammed celebrity and social media critics for "crying wolf" and told them to "get over it", reports said on Thursday.
Strangely enough, Mango said that some of the people criticizing her for allowing her son to model the hoodie used racial slurs in their messages. "Unnecessary issue here, get over it,". "We all must boycott H&M till they apologize", said one Twitter user. "We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment".
H&M apologised for offence caused, writing on Twitter: 'We understand that many people are upset about the image of the children's hoodie. We're deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. "Get over it." After receiving backlash, the Nigerian native, who is now living in Sweden, defended her opinion adding, "I really don't understand not coz am choosing not to but because it's not my way of thinking".
The image advertising the £7.99 jumper was removed from H&M's U.S. and United Kingdom websites shortly after the outrage broke and the retailer quickly issued a statement apologising to "anyone it may have offended". It is a shame that this young child is being brought into this conversation since he did not make this choice for himself, but serves as a reminder that companies, like H&M, need to make a bigger commitment to having diversity behind the scenes and not just with models.
Lukaku, 24, who has more than 2.3m Instagram followers, wrote: "You're prince soon to be a king".
His mom, Terry Mango, said on social media that there wasn't anything wrong with the ad. And we ain't going for it!
One said: "Cheeky monkey and little monkey are common child nicknames - it's racist for people to assume there are any other connotations".
"Over the past months I was genuinely excited about launching my upcoming line and collaboration with H&m", G-Eazy began.
The Weeknd tweeted earlier this week that he was "shocked and embarrassed" by the photo. He wrote on Instagram: "After seeing the disturbing image yesterday, my excitement over our global campaign quickly evaporated, and I've decided at this time our partnership needs to end".