Rapper G-Eazy took to social media on to announce that he has cut ties with Swedish clothing manufacturer H&M over an advertisement and item of clothing labeled by many as racially insensitive.
Over the weekend, the retailer sparked outrage after an ad depicting a black child model in a sweatshirt that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”
The “No Limit” performer proved he had at least one when he released a statement condemning H&M’s choice and also to say that his upcoming collab with the company had been called off.
Over the past months I was genuinely excited about launching my upcoming line and collaboration with @HM… Unfortunately, after seeing the disturbing image yesterday, my excitement over our global campaign quickly evaporated, and I’ve decided at this time our partnership needs to end.
Whether an oblivious oversight or not, it’s truly sad and disturbing that in 2018, something so racially and culturally insensitive could pass by the eyes of so many (stylist, photographer, creative and marketing teams) and be deemed acceptable.
I can’t allow for my name and brand to be associated with a company that could let this happen.
I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level.