I’m a bit left wing, I support gay marriage, I don’t believe I am racist (apart from the natural racism that most of us white Western folk exhibit without realising it) and I would never judge anyone on the basis of a religious belief.
I do not believe, however, that H&M posted a racist photo on its website and was disappointed to see such an explosion of ‘offended’ from the usual social media snowflakes who like to be offended.
I hate the term snowflake because it is something that very right-wing people often throw at the rest of society to backup their extreme views, but in this case it sort of applies.
We do seem to be in a period where almost anything can be construed as offensive if it is not 100% down the centre line. The people who get offended like to believe that they embrace difference yet they often fail to understand that we are all different and that there will be things posted publicly that could ‘very slightly’ be offensive.
In this case H&M posted a photo of a black child wearing a hoodie with the words ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle’ written on it. If those who purport to be offended are above racism why can they not see it for what it is? The word ‘monkey’ in the context of the hoodie is obviously not meant to signify a derogatory slang description of a black person. ‘Monkey’ has been used to describe children for some time and if I am honest, had I seen the image without the sensationalism next to it I would likely have thought nothing of it.
Sure, it could be argued that someone in H&M should have thought about the possible connotations, but the backlash is ridiculous and surely most reasonable people would not see it is racist or deliberate.
Look at the image above and the tweet from The Weeknd. The tweet may as well have read ‘I hear that many people are upset so I will jump on the bandwagon and publicise myself as a great person’.
Am I seeing this too lightly or have we gone past a point where almost anything could be classed as offensive?
I don’t think middle aged white dudes get to safely declare something “not racist” even more than I doubt the virtue-signaling snowflake brigade get to declare something as “clearly racist” Kirk