Mother Of Boy In H&M Ad: 'Get Over It' (Photo)

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The mother of a young boy who appeared in a controversial H&M ad and became the center of a worldwide debate about racism spoke out on social media, dismissing the story as overblown.

Terry Mango, the mother of 5-year-old model Liam, called on those who criticized H&M and her family over the ad to "get over it."

"This is one of hundreds of outfits my son had modeled," Mango wrote in a Facebook post, Daily Mail reported. "Stop crying wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here."

Mango, of Stockholm, Sweden, told Gulf News that her son has "no idea" about the controversy surrounding the ad he modeled for -- which showed him in an H&M hoodie with the phrase "Coolest monkey in the jungle" written on it.

Strangely enough, Mango said that some of the people criticizing her for allowing her son to model the hoodie used racial slurs in their messages.

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"How can you fight racism if you make racist remarks," she said. "You cannot try to defend my son and use the same words to describe me."

Mango's uncle, Clay Onyango, told Gulf News that his family met with representatives for the store following the internet-wide backlash.

"What we are hoping for is an apology," he said. "We have left a lot to the lawyers. We’ve not really decided what we want -- we want to hear from them [H&M] first, then we can go out with a press release. We are still talking to them."

Onyango added that he felt the store wasn't being deliberately racist, but rather "overlooked it."

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"Maybe it’s just one of those mistakes that one makes. But there are many questions you can ask -- how did they miss that?" he asked. "We spoke to them and they said it wasn’t meant to be racist."

H&M pulled the ad from its sites and the hoodie from its inventory following the controversy, and said it was "deeply sorry" for the situation.

"We understand that many people are upset about the image of the children's hoodie. We, who work at H&M, can only agree," a statement from the company read.

Several celebrities quickly slammed the company following the scandal, including basketball player LeBron James and musician The Weeknd, who also ended a deal he had with H&M.

Music mogul Sean Combs took to Twitter to weigh in on the controversy: "Put some respect on it! When you look at us make sure you see royalty and super natural God sent glory!! Anything else is disrespectful."

Sources: Gulf News, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Riventhouse/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: AP via Daily Mail, Facebook via Daily Mail 

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