By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,
Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku, has joined the criticism of H&M’s controversial new advertising campaign in a unique and brilliant way after the retailer sparked a racism row this week.
H&M have since apologised for advertising an image that was branded racist that showed a black boy wearing a green hoodie with the slogan ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’, across it.
The high street fashion chain were accused of a “disgusting and shameful” decision, with the advertisement since pulled from their website, but Lukaku decided to post his own version of the image onto his Instagram page that has immediately drawn praise from his followers.
Changing the slogan on the hoodie to “Black is Beautiful”, Lukaku added the message: “You’re [a] prince soon to be a king. Don’t let anybody tell you different…#blackexcellence.”
A number of his followers shared the image and praised the Belgium international for posting the “powerful message”, while others tagged the official H&M Twitter account so that they would see his post.
The hoodie remains on sale for boys aged one to 10 years, but the image is no longer being used and has instead been replaced by one of the clothing item alone.
An H&M spokesman said: “This image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologise to anyone this may have offended.”
Lukaku was not the only sportsman to wade into the debate, NBA star, LeBron James, has also slammed H&M for the advert.
He fumed on social media: “U got us all wrong! And we ain’t going for it! Straight up! Enough about y’all and more of what I see when I look at this photo. I see a Young King!! The ruler of the world, an untouchable Force that can never be denied!
“We as African Americans will always have to break barriers, prove people wrong and work even harder to prove we belong but guess what, that’s what we love because the benefits at the end of the road are so beautiful!”