Family of H&M model in hoodie ad moves over ‘security concerns’
The family at the center of a controversial H&M ad featuring a black child modeling a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie have moved from their home because of security reasons, a report says.
Terry Mango, the mother of the 5-year-old model, was blasted for siding with the Swedish clothing company after telling critics to stop “crying wolf” on social media.
Mango told the BBC she and her family moved from their home in Stockholm, Sweden over “security concerns.” The mother added that the recent protests outside of H&M stores in Johannesburg were one of the reasons for moving.
The Saturday protests were organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters’ party — a radical group in South Africa. Demonstrators trashed the stores after the company was slammed for promoting a racist ad.
People protest in front of H&M store in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday.
“I respect other people’s opinion on the issue,” Mango told the BBC. “I know racism exists, but does the shirt to me speak racism? No it doesn’t.”
The company has since apologized for the ad and stopped selling the product.