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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; 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 ...

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Old 06-18-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
 
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Adidas blasted over new 'shackle' sneaker

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?”
- Tagline for Adidas' new sneaker
“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, most of which were never documented in the history books and kept away from you in the educational system, all so you would be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it."
"I am offended by these shoes because there is nothing funny about the prison industrial complex, which is the most genocidal thing to happen to the black family since slavery itself," he added.


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Old 06-18-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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Then don't wear it.

Boo frickin' hoo.

That crap is ugly as hell.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Stupid lookin shoe, stupider outrage about them.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:33 PM   #4
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I wonder how quick those people would shut up if Kobe or LeBron wore them!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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I wonder how quick those people would shut up if Kobe or LeBron wore them!
If they sell them, I'd imagine they'll sell very well.
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I wonder how quick those people would shut up if Kobe or LeBron wore them!
already in Lakers' colors
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Stupid lookin shoe, stupider outrage about them.
C'mon.... You would wear them if BnG marketed its own pair!
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... are they selling athletic shoes or making a fashion statement? Either way, poor design, IMO ... nothing beats a good ol' Chuck Taylor anyway ... now there's a shoe with both functionality & fashion, .

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... are they selling athletic shoes or making a fashion statement? Either way, poor design, IMO ... nothing beats a good ol' Chuck Taylor anyway ... now there's a shoe with both functionality & fashion, .

Best shoe ever, especially for Skateboardin'.

I've owned numerous pairs.
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