H&M Closes Stores in South Africa Amid Protests Over ‘Monkey’ Shirt


An HM store in Johannesburg on Saturday after a protest by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

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The Swedish clothing company HM temporarily closed several stores in South Africa on Saturday after protests erupted over an image in its online store that critics said was racist.

The image showed a black child modeling a hooded sweatshirt that said “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Two other sweatshirts that were also jungle-themed but did not mention monkeys were modeled by white children.

The image touched off an uproar on social media this week, and on Saturday demonstrators representing South Africa’s second-largest opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters, gathered at HM locations across the

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/world/africa/hm-south-africa-protest.html

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