Skip to comments.Just Screw It
Posted on 09/04/2018 2:56:40 PM PDT by Starman417
Sigh....In general, I'm not one to call for bans and boycotts over political differences. If a business like Ben & Jerry's contributes to Democrats, so be it. If Democrats think In n Out is putting patty before country by donating to the GOP in California (ignoring the fact that they make equal contributions to Democrats) and call for a ban, well that's just silly.
On Monday, Nike unveiled an ad campaigncelebrating the 30th anniversary of its Just Do It campaign, featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began the practice of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in 2016 and hasnt played professionally since.
The ads, which feature a close-up of Kaepernicks eyes and the text Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything, immediately reignited the debate over the propriety of the protest. One side, led by President Trump, says that refusing to stand during the anthem is an insult to the nation, flag, military and veterans, while the other argues that the military fights for Kaepernicks right to protest in the way he sees fit.
Alhough the debate has been raging for over two seasons and flares up just about every Sunday, this time was different because Nike, the biggest player in the athletic apparel game, was involved. Nike is the official apparel company of the NFL.
By Tuesday, boycott talk had begun, with Kaepernick critics burning or cutting up their Nike gear.
The only time I think a protest/boycott/ban may be in order to make a push-back statement is when a business or artist is very much "in your face" with their politics; when they make politics central to their messaging rather than their product or service.
When I watch football, I don't do it to see politics playing itself out on the field.
Today, Nike shares fell, in wake of their "hard hitting" ad:
Absurd, embarrassing ad. How exactly is Kaepernick the face of someone who exemplifies sacrificing everything? Do you want to see the face of someone who's sacrificed everything? Via Aye Chihuahua:
Pat Tillman suspended his NFL career and left his family to go serve in Afghanistan after 9/11, ultimately losing his life. He sacrificed everything for kith & kin; family and country.
Who else has made more of a sacrifice than Kaepernick?
Is Kaepernick really the face Nike wants to use to represent their company?
Nike claims to support Colin Kaepernicks fight against oppression in America but most of their shoes are made in factories with terrible working conditions:
(Excerpt) Read more at Floppingaces.net...
How about making a series patterned on the top one.
Using the faces of Charlie Manson. Followed up by Adolph Hitler.
The tag (or is it gag) line would fit either. Both sacrificed everything for their ideals.
I do believe in something. I believe I’ll go barefoot before I wear Nikes!
Please tell me again about this "sacrifice".
“What the heck did loser Kaepernick sacrifice?”
Some Agent told him that if embraced this high-profile “Cause”, that it would help him raise his worth in the upcoming contract renegotiation.
That is what this was ALL about.
Jack Lummus was a professional football player who played for the New York Giants. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1942. He quickly rose through the ranks. He was part of the taking of Iwo Jima and died while spearheading an assault leading Company E’s third rifle platoon. Sadly, he stepped on a land mine, lost both legs, and then died due to internal injuries.
Al Blozis was a professional football player who played defensive tackle for the New York Giants. He enlisted in the Army in 1943. In January 1945, he died while trying to search for two men from his unit who had not returned from scouting enemy lines in the Vosges Mountains of France.
He courageously sacrificed being relegated to yesterday’s news before taking a politically-corrected, politically-protected stance in a job that is by its nature non-political.
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