H&M apologises for racist Twitter response
The global clothing brand was recently launched in South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG Clothing retail store H&M has apologised for a social media statement that suggested its use of white models portrayed a more positive image of the brand.
The retailer, which has recently landed in South Africa, was criticised on Twitter yesterday for the lack of black models in its global marketing campaign when it provided a puzzling response to the matter.
Twitter users were confused and offended by the response.
H&M want to convey the positive image of an SA without black folk. Basically.
LOL. Yes. Ah. *exits*
Ottilia A MaSibanda (@MaS1banda) November 5, 2015
H&M are saying that they have white models *in South Africa* because they want to convey a positive image? pic.twitter.com/tJg85MNRkJ
Beyonc Pad Thai* (@PearlPillay) November 5, 2015
The company has since apologised.
H&M regrets the response to a social media message that was recently aired and wishes to clarify the intention. pic.twitter.com/IybEBotudU
hmsouthafrica (@hmsouthafrica) November 5, 2015