The H&M ad controversy doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. This week we dove into the ad itself, noting how ridiculous it was to even consider racism a key factor behind the ad. We gave examples of people’s insane reactions; a man behaving like an ape plowing down clothing racks, and a group of troubled teens proclaiming “I’m not a monkey, I’m a king.” Now, things have escalated even further.
Early this morning, Floyd Shivambu, (a black activist located in South Africa) condoned the actions of several other black activists who ripped their H&M store to shreds. He Tweeted:
@hm nonsense of a clothing store is now facing consequences for its racism. All rational people should agree that the store should not be allowed to continue operating in South Africa. Well done to Fighters who physically confronted racism.”
He posted a photo revealing some of the damage.
This goes far beyond the first man we spoke of, knocking down a few clothing racks, this is high-level vandalism. Not to mention, it’s extremely disrespectful. Did these activists not realize that there are now employees of their own race now out of a job because they just had to go on a massive rampage? “I’m not a monkey!” They say. “I’m a King!” Well, tell me what monkey wouldn’t go into a store and do this very thing? What sort of King would walk into a public place (in his own kingdom mind you) and behave in such an undignified manner? Kings have composer, these black activists are behaving like unleashed animals.
The same activist later Tweeted a photo of even more damage, adding that,
“[IMPORTANT NOTICE]: All the stores of that racist retailer
@hmsouthafrica are CLOSED. Racism must fall and we will never tiptoe around racists.”