The Weeknd Calls Out H&M’s Racist Hoodie, Gets Called Out on His Lyrics About Asian Women
On Tuesday, H&M made headlines for the controversy surrounding a marketing image of a hoodie, worn by a Black boy, featuring the text “coolest monkey in the jungle”.
The word “monkey” can sometimes be used as a racial slur used to dehumanize Black people, reducing them to sub-human creatures; in fact, it was this very argument that many White slave owners used to justify the cruel practice, claiming that Black people were no different than our primate cousins. The hoodie, paired with the young Black model, is therefore racially insensitive and completely inappropriate — H&M really should have known better.
H&M released an apology, but by that point, irreparable damage had already been done; multiple brand partners, including G-Eazy and The Weeknd, issued statements denouncing the ad and cutting ties with the fashion company.
Both artists were praised for their decision to end their partnership with the corporation, but one Twitter user casually reminded The Weeknd that his outrage — while completely acceptable and appropriate — appeared selective.