The mom of the young H&M model at the center of the “racist hoodie” controversy is breaking her silence — and surprisingly, she is defending the clothing retailer. Terry Mango took to Facebook to address the accusations her five-year-old son Liam was a victim of discrimination.
“Am the mum and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled,” she wrote according to The Daily Mail. “Stop crying wolf all the time… unnecessary issue here. Get over it.” After receiving backlash, the Nigerian native, who is currently 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.”
While Terry might not think there is a problem with her child wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie, many celebs spoke out against H&M and the clothing company lost some major endorsements. Artists The Weeknd and G-Eazy both announced they would no longer be working with the retailer and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams also criticized H&M after appearing in its holiday campaign.
“Last year I chose to do a holiday campaign w/ @HM specifically because it centered women and girls as imaginative doers; because it centered an intelligent dark skinned girl [with] natural hair as protagonist; because it featured a loving, creative, working class black family,” he wrote on Instagram. “And then, here they come with this bulls–t… These offenses are more about the makeup of the rooms where they happen, than the items they produce. There is a concentration of power, committed to exclusion, whether casual, accidental or conscious.”
G-Eazy, whose clothing line was set to launch soon, also explained why he cut ties with H&M on social media. “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,” he wrote. “Whether an oblivious oversight or not, it’s truly sad and disturbing that in 2018, something so racially and culturally insensitive could pass by the eyes of so many… and be deemed acceptable.”
H&M has since taken down the image, and issued an apology. “We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”