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H&M to address monkey controversy at anti-racism conference

CONTROVERSY: The image was removed from all H&M channels (Photo credit: H&M)

REPRESENTATIVES of clothing chain H&M will be speaking at an anti-racism conference, where they will address the controversy surrounding the the brand’s “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie that sparked outrage earlier this year.

In January, H&M faced backlash for the slogan hoodie, as it was worn by a young black boy on the website, with many calling out the Swedish retailer for racist undertones.

The image caught the attention of many who called it "irresponsible", "racist", with celebrities including Diddy slamming the high street brand.

Now, H&M are attempting to change their reputation, as members of their team will speak at an event hosted by the Anti-Racism Network South Africa.

The two day conference in Johannesburg, which starts today (Nov 1), will focus on the theme ‘Pathways to Anti-Racism' and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation mentioned that H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, would be in attendance.

The country’s leading political parties, the ANC, EFF, DA and various civic groups and government department will also be part of the conference which will take place at Mancosa’s Johannesburg campus, in Auckland Park.

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