Terry Mango Liam Frank Odhiambo

The parents of the 5-year-old model featured in H&M Clothing’s controversial “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” advertisement says they were forced to flee their home due to public backlash.

Terry Mango and her partner Frank Odhiambo appeared on ITV’s This Morning with the son Liam on Monday. They said they were forced to flee their Stockholm, Sweden home with their children after public backlash to the image of Liam wearing the hoodie.

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H&M ad

The mother of the handsome young lad featured in the controversial H&M ‘monkey’ advertisement has a word of advice for Americans who tend to overreact to every little controversy: Get over yourselves.

Terry Mango, the British woman whose son was featured in a H&M ad wearing a green hoodie with the words “COOLEST MONKEY IN THE JUNGLE”, took to social media to diminish the controversy.

[I’m] the [mom] and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modelled [sic]……. Stop crying wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here. Get over it,” she wrote.

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Coolest Monkey in the Jungle

A wise woman once said: “There is no such thing as bad publicity: ALL publicity is good publicity.”

H&M is the latest retailer to use creative advertising gimmicks to drive traffic to their online store.

H&M came under fire over the weekend for using a black boy model to advertise a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie. The advertisement appeared on H&M’s UK website.

Many outraged Twitter users who don’t even shop at H&M threatened to boycott their stores.

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