It is not an overreaction when it comes to racism. I know what racism is. I have been at the front. I have had racist remarks to me first hand. I have been called a monkey on a cruise ship.
– Terry Mango
It’s the picture that has sparked global controversy - an image of five-year-old black model Liam Mango modelling a hooded jumper for clothing giant H&M emblazoned with the slogan ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.’
As the internet went into meltdown about the racist connotations of the slogan, other protesters took to the streets - with an H&M store in South Africa being ransacked and its windows smashed.
While the image has obviously stirred up exceptionally strong feelings, there’s one woman who wants to remind the world that at the heart of all of this, there’s just a little boy who innocently posed for a photo. That woman is Terry Mango, Liam’s mother, who now fears for her own family’s safety after being hounded and trolled online about comments she made telling people to ‘get over it’.
She joins us now alongside her husband Frank - and at the end of the chat, we’ll be meeting the man himself, little Liam.