A children’s clothing line is facing controversy after it paired a clothes hanger depicting a Black child’s head over the shirt body of a cartoon monkey.
The Just Add a Kid clothing line uses images of princesses, bikers, soldiers and more on shirts that place the images just below the shirt’s neckline.
The photo of the monkey T-shirt was uploaded to various social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and quickly went viral.
The clothing line is owned by San Diego firm Thanks a Million. The company’s co-creator Lowell Cohen told the New York Daily News, “We are looking in to all the situations that occurred around this little incident. We’re looking at the vendor, we’re speaking to our employees.”
“The head shots on our hangers are intended reflect the different cultures of our happy customers, and are distributed separately to our shirts,” the company said in a 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.”
The company posted a picture on Twitter of different faces used for their shirt hangers with the caption “Our designs feature multicultural skin tones and appropriately matching header cars 2 showcase children of the world.”