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Adidas Blasted Over New 'Shackle' Sneaker (Evokes Imagery of Slavery & Prison Chain Gangs)
Fox News ^ | June 18, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte

Posted on 06/18/2012 3:08:03 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Adidas Blasted Over New 'Shackle' Sneaker

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Critics are fit to be tied over footwear giant Adidas' latest sneakers, which feature what looks like shackles attached to them.

The JS Roundhouse Mids, which are due to be released in August, were previewed on the Adidas Originals Facebook page in a photo posted on June 14. Although the German company insists the design has nothing to do with slavery, its own promotional material isn't likely to quell criticism.

“Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” reads a tagline posted beneath the picture.

Many users left comments on the page’s bulletin board ripping the day-glo orange shackles, saying they are particularly offensive to African-Americans because they evoke imagery of slavery and prisoners on the chain gang.

“Adidas, you should be ashamed of yourselves. The mockery of oppression that has not been overcome,” posted Facebook user Dace Moore on the photo’s bulletin board.

Many users were calling for a boycott of the sneaker company.

“Slavery isn’t a fashion example,” posted user Antonio Leche. “Everyone involved in this show should be fired ASAP! This is the new reason I won’t buy any Adidas anymore!”

User Kay Tee added: “It’s offensive and inappropriate in many ways. Not to mention ugly.”

"How would a Jewish person feel if Nike decided to have a shoe with a swastika on it and tried to claim it was OK in the name of fashion?"

Many also took to the blogosphere to express their disdain for Adidas’ new product.

Syracuse University economics professor Boyce Watkins wrote on Your Black World : "Shackles... the stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable, ..."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adidas; chaingang; ghetto; ghettofashion; grapesoda; marketing; multicult; pc; racecard; shackles; shoes; slavery; thatssoracist
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“Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” - Tagline for Adidas' new sneaker

1 posted on 06/18/2012 3:08:17 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Does it have built in reporting to the criminal courts?


2 posted on 06/18/2012 3:10:37 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: DogByte6RER
“Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?

No, I go to a government school.

3 posted on 06/18/2012 3:11:51 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: DogByte6RER

“Many users left comments on the page’s bulletin board ripping the day-glo orange shackles, saying they are particularly offensive to African-Americans because they evoke imagery of slavery and prisoners on the chain gang.”

There isn’t a blessed thing that does not offend this group. If this is a valid complaint, then I’m sure that many tats could be considered offensive to Jewish people. ut I don’t here them whining.


4 posted on 06/18/2012 3:12:24 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: DogByte6RER

Adidas is going to make $ off the same morons who wear their pants around their knees.

That look originated in prisons. (ill-fitting prison- issued clothes)


5 posted on 06/18/2012 3:17:28 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s probably to protect kids from getting killed by their homies who want to steal their sneakers. Seriously.


6 posted on 06/18/2012 3:17:28 PM PDT by livius
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To: DogByte6RER

If it evokes images of Slavery ... then perhaps Blacks shouldn’t buy this shoe. Vote with your pocketbook.


7 posted on 06/18/2012 3:20:42 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: DogByte6RER

omne would think that the blacks were th eonly people to have ever hung in history the way some of these idiots and race baiting turd shout and act.


8 posted on 06/18/2012 3:22:38 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Ghetto Anti-Theft Device"

"Mounting bracket for electronic monitoring bracelet"

Technology is wunnerful.
9 posted on 06/18/2012 3:22:53 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: TurboZamboni
That look originated in prisons. (ill-fitting prison- issued clothes)Close, but no cigar. The prison garb uses a string to tie the pants on, plus they do come in different sizes.

No, that look came from inmates looking for some "romancing", and offered "quick access" pants to any and all inmates who may also have a hankering for some "loving". This was a sign that you were willing and eager to be a "bottom".

10 posted on 06/18/2012 3:24:29 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: DogByte6RER
""Shackles... the stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years"

Seriously? 400 years?

11 posted on 06/18/2012 3:26:53 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: DogByte6RER
The people taking offense are giving Adidas more free advertising than they could have ever dreamed of.
12 posted on 06/18/2012 3:35:31 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: freeangel
There isn’t a blessed thing that does not offend this group.

That's for sure. However, it's frustrating that the targets of these complaints so often cave. For example, at the annual pep rally on the USC campus prior to the game with the UCLA Bruins, Trojan fans used to hang a teddy bear from a noose. This has since been banned as racist--apparently the only ones ever to use nooses in all of history were white mobs out to lynch blacks.

It's a safe bet that this product will probably be pulled.

13 posted on 06/18/2012 3:40:40 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Sooth2222

Holder’s people can’t count...........unless it is how many weeks/days/hours/minutes left until their handout, (Take your pick of the type), arrives in the mail. That the freakin’ T.C.B.E.M.B savages kill over shoes is just par for the course.


14 posted on 06/18/2012 3:42:09 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Perfect gift for weddings...


15 posted on 06/18/2012 3:44:36 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Sooth2222
Seriously? 400 years?

Yeah, from 1619 to 1865, that's 400 years according to the author. She should demand reparations from her math professor.

16 posted on 06/18/2012 3:47:35 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: bobby.223

Not only can Holders people not count, but they so obviously forgot that it was their DEMOCRATIC party who are the founders of such a wonderful group like the KKK. And were so opposed to the civil rights legislation back in the 60’s. I would love to see a current day republican throw that one in their faces - on national TV.


17 posted on 06/18/2012 3:51:55 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: DogByte6RER
>""How would a Jewish person feel if Nike decided to have a shoe with a swastika on it and tried to claim it was OK in the name of fashion?"

When the Jews riot, and loot to get them we'll let you know.

18 posted on 06/18/2012 4:07:08 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: DogByte6RER

When you pants are down below your but cheeks something like that would be useful to keep your pants legs from dragging on the floor.


19 posted on 06/18/2012 4:08:18 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DogByte6RER
Sorry my fellow slave negros, but us white Irish were the first slaves of the colonies starting around the 1620s. Get in line!


20 posted on 06/18/2012 4:20:26 PM PDT by avacado
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To: DogByte6RER
"Adidas' shackle sneakers are a collaboration with designer Jeremy Scott. So far, the shoes have been attacked by critics, who claim that the $350 sneaker brings with it the connotation of slavery and other parts of human history in which people were abused."

...and I bought a pair of sneakers for $60 this weekend and thought I was going overboard. (They did not come with chains. True.)

21 posted on 06/18/2012 5:24:20 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: DogByte6RER

The Department of Homeland Security ordered 100 million pairs.


22 posted on 06/18/2012 6:40:49 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: DogByte6RER
What's the name of that model?
The NBA hoodie thug model?

I see lines winding around the block.
Collectors' item!

< /sarc >

23 posted on 06/18/2012 8:16:41 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: DogByte6RER

Has the Sharpton and Jackson Clown Car driven up to Adidas HQ to demand money to go away yet?


24 posted on 06/18/2012 8:21:39 PM PDT by exit82
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To: DogByte6RER

Probation / House Arrest anklet-friendly shoes.

Just replace one of the orange shackles with the court-ordered one.


25 posted on 06/18/2012 8:28:10 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: avacado

First New World slave was in 1651: Anthony Johnson, a BLACKK MAN held as a slave John Casor, a BLACK MAN. Johnson had to win a court ruling to get Casor as a slave.


26 posted on 06/18/2012 8:50:23 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Syracuse University economics professor Boyce Watkins wrote on Your Black World : "Shackles... the stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable, ..."

Two hundred years agoe... No worse than what blacks and koranimals have been doing to each other to this very day!

The beauty of the ignorant and the clueless, history means nothing to them and the atrocities of centuries ago justifies atrocities today.
At least a great percentage of the world has evolved beyond that. But they must suffer the ignorance and brutality of the inferiors?

Rwanda, Darfur, Burundi, Somalia, Ethipia, East Timor... not in the 17th century.

Today.

27 posted on 06/18/2012 9:12:33 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: livius
It’s probably to protect kids from getting killed by their homies who want to steal their sneakers. Seriously.

So they'll just look forward to having their feet chopped off instead?

Brilliant!
How are people losing gold chains today?
Deaths be coming...

28 posted on 06/18/2012 9:16:00 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: avacado
"Sorry my fellow slave negros, but us white Irish were the first slaves..."

Sorry, but as a person of Slavic descent, I find your cavalier use of the word "slave" offensive. ;-)

29 posted on 06/18/2012 9:24:28 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: CodeToad
"First New World slave was in 1651: Anthony Johnson, a BLACKK MAN held as a slave John Casor, a BLACK MAN. Johnson had to win a court ruling to get Casor as a slave."

Blacks weren't really used as slaves en masss until the mid 1700s. Us whiteys were all the rage as slaves through the 1620s - 1775s.

30 posted on 06/19/2012 5:56:17 AM PDT by avacado
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