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One Man Perfectly Shut Down People Who Called Forever 21 Racist Over White Model In A Wakanda Sweater
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One Man Perfectly Shut Down People Who Called Forever 21 Racist Over White Model In A Wakanda Sweater

Not such a long time has passed since the fast fashion giant H&M got slammed as ‘racist’ for featuring a photo on their website with a black boy wearing a jumper saying “The coolest monkey in the jungle.” Now another behemoth of cheap clothes – Forever 21 – is facing backlash from the internet after sharing a photo on Twitter and their website, featuring a white model wearing a Wakanda Forever sweater. The advertised holiday sweater is inspired by the movie Black Panther – a huge Hollywood hit that was released earlier this year. Wakanda is the fictional Sub-Saharan African country in this Marvel story, the home of Black Panther. In the controversial photo, a white male model with blonde hair is sporting a purple, yellow and orange sweater with “Wakanda Forever” written on it and a Black Panther logo. Many were outraged by the use of a white model for a product that, according to some, was inspired by a movie which celebrates the African experience and addresses Western colonization.

This is the picture that caused outrage among many people on Twitter

Image credits: Forever 21

The internet called out Forever 21 for being completely “tone deaf”

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Forever 21 has since issued an apology, and removed the photo from both their website and Twitter

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The company released a public statement: “Forever 21 takes concerns on our products and marketing extremely seriously. While we celebrate all superheroes with many different models of various ethnicities, we listened to the important feedback from our customers and removed the product photo in question from our website and social media accounts. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by the product photo.”

However, this guy had a completely different opinion about the matter

Many people supported his opinion and believed that neither the sweater, nor the model are “real issues”

A lot of Twitter users also supported the opinion that accusations of racism have no real basis

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Sam W.
Community Member
3 years ago

This is ridiculous. I am a white female and I love the movie and comic Black Panther. I have more than one Black Panther shirt, and he is one of my favorite Marvel superheroes. I'm sorry, does this mean I can only wear shirts featuring Black Widow? No. It is so freaking stupid that people get offended over every little thing. America is screwed if this is what it's gonna be like.

María Hermida
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not only America. It's the whole wide world! I live in Spain and it's exactly the same thing: one group or another always feeling outraged by small details or comments and then totally oblivious of really important issues like REAL racism, REAL discrimination, REAL inequality...

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Rogue
Community Member
3 years ago

The racist people are crying about racism, completely oblivious just how racist they and their comments are. So basically Twitter in a nutshell.

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

As Totodollaz said up there within this post, "It's a fictional world and people created by a white man's vision". (Pun intended...? Will remain a mystery...) Anyway, you're right.

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Bob 2.0
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh god, this is incredibly stupid. Only black people are supposed to wear that, huh? Just a tiny bit racist.

Roger Haywood
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly what I thought.

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Sam W.
Community Member
3 years ago

This is ridiculous. I am a white female and I love the movie and comic Black Panther. I have more than one Black Panther shirt, and he is one of my favorite Marvel superheroes. I'm sorry, does this mean I can only wear shirts featuring Black Widow? No. It is so freaking stupid that people get offended over every little thing. America is screwed if this is what it's gonna be like.

María Hermida
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not only America. It's the whole wide world! I live in Spain and it's exactly the same thing: one group or another always feeling outraged by small details or comments and then totally oblivious of really important issues like REAL racism, REAL discrimination, REAL inequality...

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Rogue
Community Member
3 years ago

The racist people are crying about racism, completely oblivious just how racist they and their comments are. So basically Twitter in a nutshell.

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

As Totodollaz said up there within this post, "It's a fictional world and people created by a white man's vision". (Pun intended...? Will remain a mystery...) Anyway, you're right.

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Bob 2.0
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh god, this is incredibly stupid. Only black people are supposed to wear that, huh? Just a tiny bit racist.

Roger Haywood
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly what I thought.

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