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Post by HoratioTarr on Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:56 pm

Activists in South Africa have trashed H&M stores in protest at the clothing retailer’s advert for its 'coolest monkey in the jungle' hoodie that featured a black child model.

Violence spilled over in at least six malls as the latest race row to engulf the Swedish brand escalated, forcing the police to fire rubber bullets at protesters.

Innocent shoppers and bystanders were forced to flee as chanting gangs wearing uniforms of the country’s radical opposition party swept through at H&M stores across the city, including Africa’s flagship store in the upmarket suburb of Sandton

The wave of the mass store invasions, which had clearly been well organised in advance, began shortly after the stores opened for Saturday trading, with pictures and videos of the chaos lit up social media.

In one video, claimed to have been taken at the Menlyn Park store, one of red shirted activists is seen trashing displays, kicking over and pulling down clothes rails as well as pushing over mannequins.

He was then joined by another activist in a white t-shirt and the pair continued to trash the clothes.

Floyd Shivambu, spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters party, praised the action, saying the retailer was ‘now facing the consequences for its racism’.

The brand has yet to respond to today’s threats to close, but South Africa’s twitter community appeared divided over the action, which police are attempting to contain.

The global retailer, which has 4,500 stores in 62 countries, opened its first store in Africa two years ago and immediately found itself at the centre of a public backlash when it failed to feature any black models in its advertising.

Although many online users across the country welcomed the radical action, other warned that if H&M did abandon the country it would mean hundreds of jobs, mainly held by black people, would be lost. Others pointed out that the mess and chaos caused would also be left to black workers to clean up.

The Swedish fashion chain withdrew the green £7.99 top on its UK and US websites after it caused uproar and quickly issued a statement apologising to 'anyone it may have offended'.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265633/H-M-store-trashed-coolest-monkey-jungle-row.html
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Post by HoratioTarr on Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:57 pm

People seriously need to get a grip. I know it's a supermoon this month, but FFS!
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Post by Vintage on Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:29 pm

Nothing like mob rule. It seems to becoming very popular.

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Post by Maddog on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:27 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:Activists in South Africa have trashed H&M stores in protest at the clothing retailer’s advert for its 'coolest monkey in the jungle' hoodie that featured a black child model.

Violence spilled over in at least six malls as the latest race row to engulf the Swedish brand escalated, forcing the police to fire rubber bullets at protesters.

Innocent shoppers and bystanders were forced to flee as chanting gangs wearing uniforms of the country’s radical opposition party swept through at H&M stores across the city, including Africa’s flagship store in the upmarket suburb of Sandton

The wave of the mass store invasions, which had clearly been well organised in advance, began shortly after the stores opened for Saturday trading, with pictures and videos of the chaos lit up social media.

In one video, claimed to have been taken at the Menlyn Park store, one of red shirted activists is seen trashing displays, kicking over and pulling down clothes rails as well as pushing over mannequins.

He was then joined by another activist in a white t-shirt and the pair continued to trash the clothes.

Floyd Shivambu, spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters party, praised the action, saying the retailer was ‘now facing the consequences for its racism’.

The brand has yet to respond to today’s threats to close, but South Africa’s twitter community appeared divided over the action, which police are attempting to contain.

The global retailer, which has 4,500 stores in 62 countries, opened its first store in Africa two years ago and immediately found itself at the centre of a public backlash when it failed to feature any black models in its advertising.

Although many online users across the country welcomed the radical action, other warned that if H&M did abandon the country it would mean hundreds of jobs, mainly held by black people, would be lost. Others pointed out that the mess and chaos caused would also be left to black workers to clean up.

The Swedish fashion chain withdrew the green £7.99 top on its UK and US websites after it caused uproar and quickly issued a statement apologising to 'anyone it may have offended'.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265633/H-M-store-trashed-coolest-monkey-jungle-row.html

This is the first I heard they were a Swedish chain. Now I tend to think they didn't really know what the hell they were doing and this is one of those language/culture faux pas.

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Post by Cass on Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:37 am

Maddog wrote:
HoratioTarr wrote:Activists in South Africa have trashed H&M stores in protest at the clothing retailer’s advert for its 'coolest monkey in the jungle' hoodie that featured a black child model.

Violence spilled over in at least six malls as the latest race row to engulf the Swedish brand escalated, forcing the police to fire rubber bullets at protesters.

Innocent shoppers and bystanders were forced to flee as chanting gangs wearing uniforms of the country’s radical opposition party swept through at H&M stores across the city, including Africa’s flagship store in the upmarket suburb of Sandton

The wave of the mass store invasions, which had clearly been well organised in advance, began shortly after the stores opened for Saturday trading, with pictures and videos of the chaos lit up social media.

In one video, claimed to have been taken at the Menlyn Park store, one of red shirted activists is seen trashing displays, kicking over and pulling down clothes rails as well as pushing over mannequins.

He was then joined by another activist in a white t-shirt and the pair continued to trash the clothes.

Floyd Shivambu, spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters party, praised the action, saying the retailer was ‘now facing the consequences for its racism’.

The brand has yet to respond to today’s threats to close, but South Africa’s twitter community appeared divided over the action, which police are attempting to contain.

The global retailer, which has 4,500 stores in 62 countries, opened its first store in Africa two years ago and immediately found itself at the centre of a public backlash when it failed to feature any black models in its advertising.

Although many online users across the country welcomed the radical action, other warned that if H&M did abandon the country it would mean hundreds of jobs, mainly held by black people, would be lost. Others pointed out that the mess and chaos caused would also be left to black workers to clean up.

The Swedish fashion chain withdrew the green £7.99 top on its UK and US websites after it caused uproar and quickly issued a statement apologising to 'anyone it may have offended'.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265633/H-M-store-trashed-coolest-monkey-jungle-row.html

This is the first I heard they were a Swedish chain. Now I tend to think they didn't really know what the hell they were doing and this is one of those language/culture  faux pas.  

More than likely but that doesn’t excuse violence.

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Post by eddie on Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:50 pm

So they're protesting against people being called monkeys and then proceed to act like a bunch of uncivilised, violent and brainless monkeys.

Yeah. Point well made.


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Post by Raggamuffin on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:05 pm

Activists? They're committing criminal damage - they're just criminals.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:50 pm

Were they 'trashing' the place... or robbing & looting it...?



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