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LeBron James Just Responded To That Racially Insensitive H&M Hoodie

On Sunday, January 7, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow tweeted a picture from clothing retailer H&M's U.K. website in which a small black child is posed in a hoodie referring to the wearer as a "monkey," a word which has long been used as a racial slur.

Not okay, H&M. So not okay.

Twitter users were understandably outraged at the photo:

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James also responded to the photo with an Instagram post.

His post featured an altered version of the H&M image by artist Chris Classic. James included caption:

@hm u got us all wrong! And we ain't going for it! Straight up! Enough about y'all and more of what I see when I look at this photo. I see a Young King!! The ruler of the world, an untouchable Force that can never be denied! We as African Americans will always have to break barriers, prove people wrong and work even harder to prove we belong but guess what, that's what we love because the benefits at the end of the road are so beautiful!! #LiveLaughLove❤️ #LoveMyPeople

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United also posted to Instagram in protest:

Other stars are severing their ties with the clothing company:

H&M has apologized for the incident:

We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print.

The retailer is now investigating the situation to try and avoid similar controversies in the future.

H/T - Huffpost, Instagram