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Commentary: Mother of H&M model has a perspective-shifting response to ‘racist’ ad

When I first saw the H&M ad with a black boy wearing a hoody that said “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle,” I thought “Man, that’s not a good look at all. How did they let that happen?”
Then I watched as the predictable outrage cycle set in motion. Social media anger, followed by news reports, followed by celebrity endorsers cutting ties, and ending with the company apologizing.
But once I saw what the mother of the boy in the ad had to say about the situation, my perspective changed, and I was forced to ask myself, “Why do we have to get so mad over everything?”
What the mother said
Terry Mango, the mother of the boy in the controversial ad, took to social media to give her opinion on her son’s picture turning into national news story.
Here are her comments (edited for clarity):
“I am the mum and this is one of hundreds of outfits

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