Coolest Monkey In the Jungle

in life •  last year

I'am sure we all have seen the ad from H&M recently depicting a kid wearing a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle".
A genius move by H&M, who knew it would cause a shitstorm of complaints, which it did.
All PR is good PR, right?
Well, maybe, i wouldn't know. I have no experience when it comes to PR or advertising, but what i do know is that it worked perfectly and as intended.
People raged and screamed, proclaiming racism and demanding the ad being removed.
H&M did remove the ad quite quickly, it had already done it's job.

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Ironic really, how those who proclaim racism are the ones who inherently have racist thoughts, i mean he IS the coolest monkey in the jungle, we all are.

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For the most part I have no interest in being pc in my day to day life. Thankfully it's not as bad here as in some countries but even I can see that this was just a bad idea.

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It got huge amount of attention and went basically viral, it got people talking about H&M again, i'am not sure i would call that a bad idea.

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What about the celebrities who have pulled their clothing lines from h&m? The stores that were broken into and vandalized. The customers who will never shop there again and their share price dropping to its lowest value since 2008?

Doesn't sound very positive to me and certainly doesn't seem likely to increase profit or drive sales like a lot of publicity should.

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Good point, i still think it was blown way out of proportion however, espesially all the racism mumbo jumbo.

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Absolutly, most things are these days unfortunately.
No such thing as a bit of banter anymore, now its all discrimination or defemation.

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To give some context, i have a background in marketing and graphic design, call me ignorant (or perhaps free of racist thoughts) when i first glanced over this post, i actually looked at the image for like 5 minutes and thought to myself "whats racist here?"

I then had to go out and google / youtube around and established that apparently monkey is a racial slur? - i actually did not have any idea...

So like, if i was the marketer, asked to design that graphic, or even the guy that had to approve it i would be like "yeah sure" as nothing particularly bad even popped up in my mind when i saw that, but, thats me, im not racist, so i dont think about racist stuff, i just saw "kid in green jumper " that was all.

Now WITH THAT SAID

If these things are an issue, a big company like H&M SHOULD be running any print media ideas through their PR department who should, be giving feedback, so as to avoid these scenarios.

The reason i say this, is because it is VERY EASY for a artist, graphic designer and marketers creative vision to get taken the wrong way than it was intended, its very very common, thats why you always double check things before pressing "print"

Just my 2c.

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Yeah, you never know anymore if they're doing it on purpose or not. Sometimes an apology for messing up is more advantageous than a regular ad. The age of lies and anger to make $$ :\