An international clothing retailer with plans for a new Durham store has come under fire for an online advertisement.
H&M has faced massive criticism on social media for an advertisement featured on its website showing a young, African-American boy wearing a green sweatshirt with the words “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.”
The word monkey has a history as a racial slur.
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow asked the retail chain via Twitter, if it had lost its mind.
An H&M store has been scheduled to open in The Streets at Southpoint. The new H&M has been planned to move into the mall space currently occupied by the Gap.
Responding to a request for further information regarding the new H&M store location, Streets at Southpoint spokeswoman Marissa Ellenby wrote via email, “We’re working on your request and hope to be in touch soon.”
H&M publicly apologized for the image.
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