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H&M stores in South Africa trashed over 'racist' hoodie

South African police have used rubber bullets to disperse a mob trashing H&M stores in and around Johannesburg, after the brand used a controversial picture of a black child. The protests were organised by the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF). H&M apologised several days ago for the image, which ran on its website. It featured a young black boy modelling a green hoodie with “coolest monkey in the jungle” written on it. The retailer withdrew both the product and the image after it sparked outrage and allegations of racism…

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Kick It Out wants 'racist' Lukaku chant stopped

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has contacted Manchester United to ask them to stop the club’s fans singing a “racist” chant about Romelu Lukaku. It says the lyrics, about the size of the Belgium striker’s penis, are “offensive and discriminatory”. “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player,” said Kick It Out. A United blog has already asked the club’s fans to refrain from the song. “It’s a cheap and insulting stereotype that has no place in this day and age,” United fan…

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Marvel star slates 'racist' Hollywood over name change

Chloe Bennet, who stars in TV series Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, has said she had to change her name from Chloe Wang in order to make it in Hollywood. The actress praised Ed Skrein for recently pulling out of Hellboy. His casting had been criticised for “whitewashing” the original character, who is of Asian heritage. She told an Instagram follower who queried her name change: “Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable.” “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my…

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