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Mom of Boy Modeling H&M’s “Coolest Monkey” Hoodie Tells Black People to “Stop Crying” & “Get Over It”

The mother of the little boy in that racist H&M ad, in which he can be seen modeling a green hoodie with the words “Coolest Monkey In the Jungle” printed on it, has responded to the backlash. And, surprisingly, her response is nowhere near what you think it would be.

While most Black people are upset at H&M for putting a little Black boy in a hoodie calling him a “monkey,” his mother, Terry Mango, is far from it. In fact, she doesn’t understand the outrage in the least bit, and has taken to social media to share her thoughts on the situation.

After the offensive photo went viral, people began to question where Mango was when H&M decided to do a photoshoot with her son in the hoodie. While some argued that she probably wasn’t present during the shoot, others accused the brand of photoshopping the hoodie on the boy after it was done.

Well, it turns out, Terry was most definitely there in person during the entire shoot and watched the whole thing go down. However, she doesn’t see what the problem is, and wishes that black people would “stop crying wolf all the time” and “get over it.”

Read her full Facebook post (which was screenshotted and is now being shared all over the internet) below:

“[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all [of his] photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this. I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.”

According to her Facebook profile, Terry Mango hails from the African country of Kenya, but now lives in Stockholm, Sweden, which probably explains why she doesn’t understand the racist background of the word “monkey.” However, still… the folks at H&M should have known better.

Meanwhile, H&M has since responded to the backlash they received over the ad, apologizing in an official statement to “all customers, staff, media, stakeholders, partners, suppliers, friends and critics” and admitting that they “got this wrong.”

Read their full statement below:

H&M is fully committed to playing its part in addressing society’s issues and problems, whether it’s diversity, working conditions or environmental protection – and many others. Our standards are high and we feel that we have made real progress over the years in playing our part in promoting diversity and inclusion. But we clearly haven’t come far enough.

We agree with all the criticism that this has generated – we have got this wrong and we agree that, even if unintentional, passive or casual racism needs to be eradicated wherever it exists. We appreciate the support of those who have seen that our product and promotion were not intended to cause offence but, as a global brand, we have a responsibility to be aware of and attuned to all racial and cultural sensitivities – and we have not lived up to this responsibility this time.

This incident is accidental in nature, but this doesn’t mean we don’t take it extremely seriously or understand the upset and discomfort it has caused. We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment in question from sale. It will be recycled. We will now be doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in future.

Racism and bias in any shape or form, conscious or unconscious, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable and need to be eradicated from society. In this instance we have not been sensitive enough to this agenda.

Please accept our humble apologies.

Mom of Boy Modeling H&M’s “Coolest Monkey” Hoodie Tells Black People to “Stop Crying” & “Get Over It” is a post from: Gossip On This – Pop Culture, News, Videos & Humor

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The Rise of Fake Spotify Playlists

What's so good?


Spotify is hot right now. So hot that fake playlisters are making a business out of selling "placement" on their "playlists." I've fallen for the trap and some of these playlisters have managed to get onto SubmitHub (and been kicked off). I need to do a better job cracking down on them, so here's an article that'll help make all of us more savvy.


Chances are if you're an artist trying to your music heard these days, folks have told you that it's all about the Spotify playlists. And they're not wrong -- getting picked up by one of Spotify's featured playlists can break an artist overnight.

The problem is that Spotify has stopped featuring independent playlisters, and the only real ones that seem to have any significant impact moving the needle are official playlists -- which are notoriously hard to get featured on, let alone find a contact for. Spotify seems to do that intentionally, and with good reason.

So, what about these 3rd party playlists? How do you figure out which ones are good and which ones aren't? We've had a tough time over at SubmitHub figuring that out, and have misstepped on more than one occasion. Perhaps a good place to start is by breaking down the types of playlists that exist.

The Various Types of Spotify Playlists
  • Official Spotify Playlists
    • The holy grail
    • These are the only playlists that get featured on Spotify
    • Their editors are notoriously hard to contact -- and some of them are run using magical code
  • Old-school independent playlists 
    • Created roughly 2 years ago when Spotify used to feature playlists that weren't made in-house
    • These folks built up lots of genuine followers in short order, but 2 years later their playlists seem to get very little activity even though most of the followers are there
    • A prime example is Indiemono
  • Label / blog / artist / brand playlists
    • These guys have a reputation behind them and so are often able to generate a good following based off their existing fanbase
    • An example? Indie Shuffle's Spotify, which has picked up nearly 1,000 followers in roughly 12 months of being linked on our sidebar
    • They don't generate millions of plays, but they're genuine and so are their followers (many of whom are in the industry, so you want them to discover your music)
  • Fake playlists
    • The rise of platforms like SubmitHub have given individuals a reason to buy Spotify followers -- they can now monetize the hype!
    • These guys are preying on independent artists who are desperate to capitalize on the popularity of Spotify playlists -- somewhat like Bitconnect did with Bitcoin
    • While we try to be diligent about catching them at SubmitHub, we've fallen for it more than once
How do you a spot a fake playlist?

Well, for starters they tend to look very legitimate. Beautiful cover artwork? Check. Well-curated playlists? Check. Social presence online? Check. Tens of thousands of followers? Uh... check!!!

At face value they all seem quite legitimate. Start digging in, though, and things get sticky. There are a couple ways you can do that:

  • Tools like Chartmetric allow you to monitor the playlist's growth over time. If you see them picking up 1,000+ followers in a day it's probably a pretty huge red flag
  • Open up Spotify, look up the playlister, and take a look at who's following them -- sometimes you can tell quite easily that all their followers have fake usernames
  • Do they have links elsewhere? A Facebook page with 100 followers can often be a pretty good sign that a playlist with 100,000 followers isn't likely
  • How many plays does their playlist generate? This one's a lot harder to track down, but if you find a song on that's been on a playlist for a few months but has barely any plays, it's another red flag
  • Find an obviously fake user and see who else they follow. Here's an example. Most of the time they're following other artists (who likely paid for their likes); occasionally you'll spot a playlist in there
Want to see an example fake playlister?

Check out CriticalNetwork. They've got great artwork and even have a legit website. There are two red flags, though:

  1. Head to their profile tab on the Spotify app and you'll see their 11,000 followers primarily include usernames such as "0rayking" and "0reneedaddy" and "0ryan" -- the list goes on and on and on, with the first number growing occasionally (and not one of them has a profile picture)
  2. Chartmetric data shows that their playlists went from 0 followers to 10,000 in one way, followed by ~2,400 additional for each successive day

When I called him out on this he said "we ran a legit campaign with Facebook for our Playlist. I do not understand where you get that our followers are fake." Apparently they ran a really shitty Facebook campaign if all their followers have usernames starting with numbers.

Is there any benefit to getting listed on one of these playlists?

To be honest, I don't know. One school of thought is that there's no such thing as a "bad playlist" because Spotify's formulas use "how many playlists a song is on" as a signal in their automagic playlist generation formulas.

On the flip side, I've heard multiple people say that buying Spotify likes gets you a "strike" on Spotify's system, so it's possible they've excluded these playlisters from influencing the formula. When one further considers that Spotify places heavy emphasis on song trajectory and retention* as one of their strongest signals, the impact of getting featured on an inactive / fake playlist is going to be even smaller.


I need to do a better job trying to identify fake playlisters. And if you're a budding artist or publicist, you'll probably want to do the same. Be wary of the ever-increasing number of websites that guarantee you Spotify playlisting and plays. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


* How many plays they got, how many users listened to the full song, and how many users keep coming back to that song


1. Original post: The Rise of Fake Spotify Playlists

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