Sunday 21 October, 2018

The Weeknd dumps H&M after monkey sweatshirt ad

Singer The Weeknd has stated that he will no longer work with H&M after the clothing company posted an ad of a black child in a sweatshirt with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle" on the front.

Many people criticized the image on social media, calling it racist. H&M removed the image Monday and apologized to anyone it "may have offended."

The Weeknd, who has a clothing line at the retailer, said on Twitter that he was "shocked and embarrassed" by the photo.

"I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore," he wrote. Representatives for The Weeknd confirmed the singer would end ties with the company.

 

 

In a statement, H&M said, "We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image." The Swedish low-cost fashion brand added that it would "continue the discussion" with The Weeknd and his team.

"We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken," H&M said.

NBA star LeBron James, rapper Diddy and other artists have also responded with outrage to the image. 

James posted a refreshed image showing the model wearing a crown. Diddy posted an image with a sweatshirt revised to read "Coolest king in the world."

Diddy, Lebron James respond to H&M