Pastor Jamal Bryant says the Facebook owned photo-sharing application Instagram deleted a post he shared last week calling on his supporters to boycott Swedish clothing retail giant H&M over racist advertising and chided him for not “promoting harmony.”
The Empowerment Temple church leader and social activist said he was reacting, like many others on social media including NBA star LeBron James and singer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, popularly known as “the Weeknd,” who took umbrage to the use of a black boy to model a sweatshirt with the slogan “Coolest monkey in the jungle” that was featured on the company’s U.K. website.
“I immediately at 6 o’clock this morning (Jan. 8) en route to the gym, posted on Instagram. That every person who is of conscience no matter what your color, should in fact be boycotting H&M because they do not appreciate our dollars and don’t understand our depth and don’t think highly enough of us to put us on their board of directors. #boycottH&M,” Bryant said in a video posted to his Facebook page.
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