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There has been an international outrage over Liam Mango, the five-year-old model, who wore a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie for an H&M advertisement. Protests have occurred in South Africa, forcing 17 stories to temporarily close. Terry Mango, the boy’s mother, briefly spoke out on social media, claiming “it wasn’t a big deal.” Now, she and the boy’s father did their first interview with  Good Morning Britain.

Terry, who lives in Sweden, explained she didn’t see a racism in the hoodie, “I wouldn’t see such a connection to anything other than my son modelling a shirt. Until the controversy now, with the whole furor that is going on, then you kind of look back and wonder if you had noticed it, what would be our initial, or my initial, response to it.”

Terry also said that she didn’t think it was an overreaction, “It is not an overreaction when it comes to racism, everyone should act differently based on their opinions of what racism is.” Terry said she has been called a monkey and experienced racism, but she still did not see the connection. In addition, the controversy has affected the family with threats forcing them move out of their home. Watch the interview below:

Terry Mango’s interview is much more measured than her original posts on social media. See below:

 

The controversy made G-Eazy and The Weeknd, who have cut ties with the brand, The Cut reported.

 

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5 thoughts on “Parents Of The H&M Model Speak Out In TV Interview

  1. African American Woman on said:

    I still think this is much ado about nothing…We give the dumbest things energy, time and attention to the point we sound butt-hurt and whiny all of the time. Who cares? If this child didn’t think he had any relation to a monkey, I bet he does now…not from his parents or white people, but, guess who??? BLACK FOLK!!! What are we going to demand next? Mind control? Muzzles? If we stopped trying to control other’s thoughts and words, which NO ONE can change; we would have alot more time to focus on the things that we can change…Ever wonder why the quietest minority groups in this country are doing the best? Its because they are focused on things that will empower them, build their futures and fortunes and educate their children…Guess which group cries the loudest and has the least? DING, DING, DING black folks!

    • Nite Isaac on said:

      you may be right but to all the black people who think it ok to buy it , they you need to know your need to learn your true history. And to all the other black people we just do not go out
      and buy it that all let the mother of this children do what she want but do not buy this one. God Bless You All !!!!!

    • Other minorities group also do not glorified things that insults them either. That is mostly why they are quiets. We glorify the N word yet get mad when others do it. We degrade each other to justify dealing with other group by making comments like ;’I do not want no black women or black man”. Wear a Nazi badge. Jewish people will NOT “let it go” because it is no big deal and they do not sport it around.

  2. So she’s been called a monkey, and has experienced racism, yet she fails to see the connection? 🙄 Woman please—you’re either A. Worried that the controversy might somehow affect your financial bottom line, B. Being financially compensated to help quell the noise associated with the controversy, or C. Incredibly naive.

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