H&M South Africa stores closed amid protests
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA >> 3
Swedish clothing company H&M temporarily closed several South African stores Saturday after protests erupted over an image in its online store that critics said was racist. The image showed a black child modeling a hooded sweatshirt that said “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Two other sweatshirts that were also jungle-themed but did not mention monkeys were worn by white children. The image touched off an uproar on social media last week, and on Saturday demonstrators gathered at H&M locations across the country. “Out of concern for the safety of our employees and customers we have temporarily closed all stores in the area,” H&M said in an email Saturday.