Mom of H&M child model reveals that she has received racist abuse after comments on advert
As the fallout from the ill-thought out H&M hoodie continues to rumble on, the mother of the child involved has become the centre of attention. Just yesterday, Terry Mango spoke out against the abuse that the fashion house has been receiving, saying that people need to "stop crying wolf " and "get over it". However, since her defence of the retailer, Terry claims that she has now been the victim of racist abuse online.
Mango, from Stockholm, Sweden, broke her silence regarding the controversial hoodie when she appeared on Facebook to defend H&M.
Replying to a series of abusive comments aimed at the fashion store, Terry said:
"Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it."
"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."
However, despite trying to cool the situation, Ms Mango has revealed that she has received a barrage of racist abuse online as a result of her comments.
Speaking to Gulf news, Ms Mango, who is originally from Kenya, said:
“It’s horrible. You wake up one morning and everything has changed.”
"How can you fight racism if you make racist remarks? You cannot try to defend my son and use the same words to describe me."
Terry's uncle, music promoter Clay Onyango, CEO of orkarine.se, said that the family have met with H&M representatives and are set to do so again.
“What we are hoping for is an apology,” Onyango said.
“We have left a lot to the lawyers. We’ve not really decided what we want - we want to hear from them [H&M] first, then we can go out with a press release. We are still talking to them.”
Onyango said that he does not believe H&M was being intentionally racist with the hoodie but does agree that there is a conversation that needs to be had with the retail giant.
“I think they overlooked it,” he said.
“Maybe it’s just one of those mistakes that one makes. But there are many questions you can ask - how did they miss that?"
“We spoke to them and they said it wasn’t meant to be racist.”
Since the image went online there has unsurprisingly been plenty of uproar. H&M collaborators The Weeknd and G-Eazy have both cancelled their partnerships with the brand and plenty of celebrities have spoken up about this issue.
H&M issued an apology on Twitter in which they said:
“We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. "
“We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering."
“It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. This is without any doubt. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”