Artists, Social Media Users Reinsert Black Regality Into H&M’s Controversial Ad

(TIML NEWS) In light of H&M’s weekend marketing faux pas, many have taken to the internet to speak against the company’s controversial ad, including celebrities. In response, people have also created animated or patched-over renditions of the image that caused the outrage in the first place, in a move toward self-reclamation.

While they are all different in their own right, many of the new images are meant to contribute to the restoration of the young boy’s humanity after widespread belief that it was lessened by the now-removed advertisement. And the new set of photos emulates an anti-campaign.

There is a common theme. Many of the interpretations refer to the little boy as a king. Others placed a crown on his head or across his chest where the offensive phrase would’ve been. No matter the change, most of the art intends to relay the message that no misstep can act as a setback for an entire set of people.

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I created this based off of @mrchrisclassic correction of @hm Error. A great role model and man I look up to wrote this message @mrchrisclassic : “I made this because I dont wanna see this young Kings face anymore with the shirt he was hired to wear by H&M. I'm almost certain the Persson Family and their $31 Billion wont care in Sweden but… this lil guy will see his pics and the mockery one day because the internet doesnt erase… so I just hope he gets to see this one or any like it that celebrate him.” . Tarajosu: I also want to say I don’t wear H&M or Zara or any of those types of brands. I wear offbrands and I don’t own more clothes than I can fit in my carry on luggage. I buy pieces that last or I make them last. Someone at H&M knew this would create controversy. So many issues to tackle. Don’t support brands that don’t support you. It’s simple. . #Mysavoirfaire #king #empowerment

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