Jesse Williams Blasts H&M Over Monkey Sweatshirt

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H&M is catching it from all sides since social media discovered a little black boy modeling a monkey sweatshirt on its website. So far, the Weeknd and rapper G-Eazy have ended their partnerships with the company, and several other celebrities and athletes have called out H&M over its racist ad. Now Jesse Williams has a few words for the company.

Williams took to Instagram to post his displeasure regarding the ad, especially since he’s worked with the company on an ad campaign.


“[Here] they come with this bullshit... These offenses are more about the makeup of the rooms where they happen, than the items they produce,” he posted. “There is a concentration of power, committed to exclusion, whether casual, accidental or conscious.”

“Aren’t you bored? Aren’t you bored watching mediocre, incurious & consequently destructive people waltz through your life, shepherded into positions of power, further choking off opportunity for the actually talented & decent among us?” Williams continued.

H&M issued a statement about the sweatshirt and said it had been removed:

We understand that many people are upset about the image of the children’s hoodie. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. We’re deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. ... It’s obvious that our routines haven’t been followed properly. This is without any doubt.

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