And while celebrities and social media have come out against the hoodie, the model’s mother doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.
A Facebook exchange involving a woman named Terry Mango, a Kenyan national who resides and works in Sweden, was posted to the Instagram account of Instablog9ja – a verified account that accepts user submitted stories and seems to focus on content from Africa (predominantly Nigeria).
“You can not try to defend my son and use the same words to describe me”.
She told the outlet she found it ironic that people supposedly fighting racism were making racist remarks against her. “[I’ve] been to all [of his] photoshoots and this was not an exception”.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this… I really don’t understand but not because I’m choosing not to, but because that’s not my way of thinking.
The photo of Liam modelling the hoody has certainly had a massive impact. For me, I think the whole thing has been over stretched.
They took to photoshop, sketchbooks and more to reimagine the boy in the photo with crowns and pure black boy joy.
I hope that this situation will serve as the wakeup call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level.
This is about common sense. The Swedish company apologized for the ad, saying in a statement to NBC News that it is “deeply sorry that the picture was taken”.
“The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States”, the company wrote. It’s obvious that our routines haven’t been followed properly.
This is without any doubt. “We’ll thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again”.