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Protesters have stormed H stores in South Africa, pushing over mannequins and tearing down racks of clothing after one of the retail giant’s ads was branded “racist”.
Key points:H removes hoodie after criticism over racist online advertisementBlack child model wore garment with slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle”Protesters have caused damage to some stores
H became embroiled in a racism controversy after an advertisement showing a black child model wearing a hoodie that said “coolest monkey in the jungle” was posted to the clothing chain’s website.
The image copped widespread criticism, with Canadian singer The Weeknd among those to voice his distaste, saying he was “shocked and embarrassed”.
Protesters were wearing red and dancing and singing outside department stores. Some held signs that said “H say ‘hello’ to coolest monkeys” and “away with H racist tendencies”.
Tweet: So this is H at Menlyn . a group of people are vandalising and just throwing clothes around.
Social media users also reported protests at other stores in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Police were called to the stores, with South African media reporting rubber bullets were used on demonstrators.
Some were critical of the protest, saying the EFF had timed it to coincide with birthday celebrations for the ruling African National Congress party.
“EFF chose today to pull these antics to take away some attention from ANC106 celebrations,” Phil Mphela wrote. “Don’t be naive and think this is only about H a statement posted to Instagram last week, H said it had removed the advertisement and garment.
“Our position is simple we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry,” the statement said.
“We have a responsibility to be aware of and attuned to all racial and cultural sensitivities and we have not lived up to this responsibility this time.”