Clothing company in hot water after matching black child’s face with body of monkey
A children’s clothing line is coming under fire after a t-shirt featuring a monkey’s body was paired with the face of a black boy on a cardboard cut out.
The combination was first spotted on Twitter Wednesday, and is now creating an uproar. The company, Just Add A Kid, is chalking it up to “a total misunderstanding.”
“We are looking into all the situations that occurred around this little incident,” company co-creator Lowell Cohen told the Daily News by phone. “We’re looking at the vendor, we’re speaking to our employees.”
The T-shirts designed by the clothing line feature cartoon character bodies ranging from surfers, cowboys, princesses, angels and various animals and occupations. In a later statement, the company said the pairing was “not authorized, condoned or tolerated” by the company.
“The head shots on our hangers are intended (to) reflect the different cultures of our happy customers, and are distributed separately to our shirts,” the company said in the statement. “In this particular case, one of our retailers paired a particular hanger with a shirt without consideration for how it may appear to many consumers.We are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”
Just Add A Kid is one of the lines owned by San Diego-based company Thanks a Million. It appears to be the vendor’s decision in how they pair the cardboard faces.
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