Racism comes in all shapes in sizes these days and H&M clothing is the latest to learn this brutal lesson. The company has come under hot fire after releasing a “racist” hoodie. The backlash has been so intense, that even eBay is banning people from selling the hoodie on their website. What is this world coming to and is there a way to circumvent all this new drama we’re seeing?
EBAY FIGHTS RACIST H&M
Is H&M really racist? Some people certainly seem to think so. Recently, the company released a hoodie with the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle” across the front. It’s not the phrase itself that’s racist but the way they presented it. The company featured a young, black boy in an advertisement wearing the hoodie. The black community took immense offense to the advert and went to social media to voice their opinion. Joining them in this fight was eBay who banned the item from their site.
CELEBRITIES JOIN EBAY IN FIGHT AGAINST H&M
It’s not just eBay who has a problem with the hoodie. Celebrities all over the world are joining the protest against H&M. Hip-hop artist The Weeknd and G-Eazy both took a stance and said they would no longer work with the clothing company after this incident. To make matters even worse, even the five-year-old model is getting some backlash for his actions. They’ve had to move from their house due to “security reasons.” All of this hype leads one to ask, “is this really racism?”
EBAY, H&M AND THE RACIST DRAMA OF OUR SOCIETY
Are people too sensitive these days? Are companies out of their element with these social issues? They are all good points and it’s a discussion that’s been going on for years now and frankly, it’s getting exhausting. Wouldn’t it be great to circumvent all this drama? We live in an age where that’s possible. No one knows who to trust anymore so why not just trust yourself instead? Forget eBay, forget H&M and forget anything else. We have a new technology (e.g. YouToken, Kickstarter) that lets anyone become a self-made entrepreneur. We use to put so much faith in the brands we love but that era seems to be coming to an end.