H&M CLOSES ALL STORES IN SOUTH AFRICA IN RESPONSE TO PROTESTS

Notable fast fashion retailer H&M continues to deal with the fallout from the controversial hoodie that made the rounds via social media and the internet this past week. The retailer has closed all of its South Africa stores after protesters destroyed several stores. Following videos and posts on social media, H&M sent a statement via email stating “out of concern for the safety of our employees and customers we have temporarily closed all stores in the area.”

Why this matters: The outrage and response was in reaction to H&M’s online image of a black child wearing a hoodie bearing the slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

Notable Quotes: “None of our staff or customers have been injured. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will open the stores as soon as the situation is safe again. We strongly believe that racism and bias in any shape or form, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable. We stress that our wonderful store staff had nothing to do with our poorly judged product and image.” – Statement by H&M

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