The alleged mother of the H&M child model making headlines this week for a racist advertising campaign is speaking out. A woman named Terry Mango has come to the clothing line’s defense amid widespread backlash.
Mango went to social media this week and spoke up for H&M despite mass people believing the company used a “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” shirt to push a racist agenda.
‘That’s my son, [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 it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.’ (Metro UK)
This week, rap veteran Busta Rhymes shouted out Diddy for allegedly putting together a $1 million model offer to Mango’s son.
Now this is what I am really excited about seeing!!! Young King (and I am speaking about the young beautiful black man child that is the subject at hand with this @hm Bullshit) Always remember it is your birth right and it is and has always been in your nature to be GOD LIKE young King… If this is really happening, I thank my brother @diddy for the empowerment and being the example of how important it is to put our arm around our young ones to guide them, protect them, school them and support them. 7 star General rank Salute for this!!
This week, buzz developed over Diddy possibly turning the kid model’s life around with a major contract offer.
P Diddy has seemingly responded to the whirlwind of controversy sparked by the H&M ad which features a black child wearing a jumper with the slogan ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle.’ It’s thought that he’s planning on hiring the little lad to model for his own brand, Sean John. It’s even thought there’s a $1mil contract on the table. There’s no word yet if the lad has accepted, and Diddy’s people refused to comment when approached by Metro.co.uk, but it would certainly be one heck of an outcome to the sh*tstorm caused by the controversy. (Metro UK)
A few days ago, Diddy made sure to hit up social media to show the unnamed kid some support.
Some reports claim H&M model Nicki Minaj has distanced herself from the company.
Nicki Minaj is in the hot seat after H&M, who she collaborated with in December for a holiday fashion line, came under fire for a racially insensitive image of a black boy wearing a sweater with the word “monkey.” Though Minaj hasn’t publicly spoken out against H&M, she has deleted every sponsored Instagram post promoting her fashion line with the company. Fans were quick to notice the deleted posts, which many considered as an indicator of Minaj’s opinion of the backlash. (Yahoo! Lifestyle)