H&M’s ad featuring a black boy in a “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” hoodie has sparked worldwide outrage and accusations of racism, but his mom doesn’t see anything wrong with the imaging, and says people just need to “get over it.”

According to African Warrior magazine, the boy’s mother is Terry Mango, a Kenyan living in Stockholm, Sweden, where H&M is based.

Mango took to Facebook amid the international uproar to say the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

“[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all 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.”

Welp, you can imagine what people are writing on Terry Mango’s timeline.


However, it is possible that as a Kenyan living in Stockholm, the boy’s mother is simply unaware how the graphic hoodie would be misconstrued by an American audience. The Weeknd and deejay/artist G Eazy have now pulled their collaborations with H&M and it’s rumoured that Diddy has offered the boy a $1 million modeling contract, presumably with his Sean John label.

While that offer hasn’t yet been confirmed, Diddy did comment on the ad on his social media platforms.





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28 thoughts on “H&M Model’s Mother Says It’s No Big Deal; Did Diddy Offer A Contract?

  1. Roslyn k on said:

    She is so stupid,she doesn’t realize that they are insulting her son but maybe that’s what she is use to being
    referred to as a monkey so that’s why she doesn’t think it’s a big deal so sad for her son

  2. Monique q on said:

    She is so stupid,she doesn’t realize that they are insulting her son but maybe that’s what she is use to being
    referred to as a monkey so that’s why she doesn’t think it’s a big deal so sad for her son

  3. I guess we should iqnorant the fact that the racist in chief just asked why do all these ppl from shithole countries want to come here? Namely Africa and Haiti. He asked why aren’t more ppl coming from Norway. I guess this isn’t racist either. WRONG!!! Donald frump is the leader of the free world and he’s a RACIST!

  4. It is used as a racist term when blacks are labeled as monkeys, everyone knows that full well it’s be done for hundreds of years nothing new. It was used to describe the black president and First Lady not meant as complement , meant to demean blacks as not human ugly and unintelligent. Anyone that’s thinks otherwise is selling their soul to the devil. Yes there are dig gently more important issues unfortunately most of the come down to the same problem rasicm.

    • African American Woman on said:

      Does anyone not understand that nothing but God can have power over you unless you give it power? How nonsensical…The same (some-not all) group of people who have adopted the N word now are offended by a little boy wearing a hoodie that says monkey on it…People over time have been called derogatory things…Jews, Mexicans, Eastern Europeans, Africans, Indians, Irish, Italians…Only we take it as life-altering…Again, stop letting white people determine how you see yourself…If you were ok with who you are and the line of African royalty you probably come from,
      nothing a white man calls or thinks of you would not bother you in the least.

      • You may as well stop trying to use logic and common sense when logic and common sense is not what people want to hear. The bone keeps getting thrown over the fence and black folks keep catching it and start crunching on it before they even know what it tastes like. The tragic part is that, even after the first rotten bite, they still won’t let go. Again, stop wasting your time.

      • Yes ma’am I understand full well what you are saying and I agree . It’s not what call you it’s what you answer to. We are fiercely and wonderfully made. You don’t have to convince me not to give power to words. Having said that our young children don’t need to be depicted as monkeys. That’s my opinion there are kids killing themselves because of words and what people call them.

  5. She is a fool. It is a big deal. Like I said in another post, we as blacks often get put in the same boat. I am educated, from the country, middle class YET I have experience negative actions due to what another black person has done. Many people think we as blacks are all HOOD. If this woman want her kid to wear such trash, that is her but she needs to make sure that it stay in here area. We do not want it here in America. Remember President Obama was called a “monkey” and some using settle terms to insult him with monkey comments. No sista girl, you will NOT open this door here.

  6. Tim Green on said:

    if the model was a lil white kid noone would have batted an eye .. if the brand was considered “urban” and the model was a lil black kid, noone would have batted an eye … we want to be selectively offended, … i lost no sleep over this silly shit

    • “Urban” is a section of the black community; so it is NOT the same as an ad using a MONKEY shirt which is often use to insult blacks. Big difference. I do not like it when people think we all are HOOD but at least HOOD is PART of community but not a MONKEY.

      • Whether we “let this slide” or not, something will always be next. All this chest beating and foaming at the mouth won’t amount to a hill of beans in the end. It’ll last until the next big race baiting story hits the web, then we’ll be hooppin’ an hollern’ about something else. He’s an adorable little boy, his mother’s panties aren’t wadded up, so I see it sliding already. Next!

    • of course no one would blink if this was a white kid modeling this because this is NOT something that have been used to insult whites. You all need to find better examples to make a point. This is not it.

      • African American Woman on said:

        If only you had this much passion about real and immediate issues facing us today, you could be a real powerhouse…please tell me how you “not letting this go” is going to change anything? Stop letting the white man make you feel inferior and invalidating you…are you a monkey? If not, move on…

  7. Cynthia Feaster on said:

    She is so freakin STUPID!!! I don’t even know how to begin to reach into the mind of such a brainwashed woman who doesn’t mind her son being called a monkey from the jungle and has no problem pimping her son to make money in Europe. She is a complete IDIOT!! Let’s BOYCOTT ALL H7M stores WORLDWIDE!!! Their fake false phony apology is NOT accepted!! We need to make H7M regret FINANCIALLY, the use of that insulting and “dated” racist trope.

  8. Passing Through!! on said:

    I’m 100% convinced that people do s**t like this just to cause a stir, I’m starting to believe that using racism to draw attention is a marketing strategy.

    • African American Woman on said:

      You said it!!! If the child’s mother is ok with it, why all the outrage??? First off, the child is definitely not a monkey; he’s and adorable little boy modeling a hoodie. Black people in other parts of the world are so much more progressive than many black Americans…we focus more on every little slight as “racism,” everything we don’t agree with is wrong and racist…if we were as sensitive on real and pervasive issues we face, we could take back our communities, build financial wealth and securities and out own educational system…but no, a hoodie with the word monkey on it deserves more energy!

      • Cynthia Feaster on said:

        His MOTHER thinks that he IS a monkey from the jungle. She has NO problem with white people calling her son a monkey and sending that image of him WORLDWIDE!! OMG!!! She is such a STUPID and IGNORANT FOOL- and your supporting her you racist creatin?

      • African American Woman on said:

        First off, I’m black. Secondly, all black people don’t subscribe to groupthink. Its always the black folks who get insulted by every little thing who always scream “racist” when you don’t agree with their opinion-yes, I said opinion…everyone has one. Mine is stop giving nonsense power by wasting emotion on it.. If someone called you a muppet, would you go off the deep end? Hopefully not…assuming that you aren’t a muppet. No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. I feel that alot of folks feel insulted, even though they clearly aren’t monkeys, is due to thwir own self-esteem issues and their feelings of inferiority towards white people…stop and focus on things that will actually benefit us black folks as a whole.

      • AA, I understand what you are saying and I agree BUT it still sends a bad message. We all get put in the same boat. That is my issue. If this woman do not care, then she need to keep her son and this shirt in her home and her city; but DO NOT try to spend this nonsense ad around the world.

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