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Adidas' Shackle Sneakers: Offensive Reference to Slavery, or Just 'Quirky'?

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Adidas has dropped plans to release a pair of "shackle" sneakers after critics bashed the brand for being insensitive to a painful reminder of slavery, CNN reports. The outrage began on June 14, when Adidas began advertising the $350 high-top sneakers, called JS Roundhouse Mids, on its Facebook page.



"Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?" said a caption below a photo of the sneakers. Adidas defended the sneaker's designer, Jeremy Scott, as having a "quirky" and "lighthearted" style, but plans for an August release have been scuttled.

"The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery," the company said in a statement. "We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."

Rev. Jesse Jackson, for one, was offended by the rubber shackles. "The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive," he said in a statement. Do you agree?
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  • Wulfdane 2012/06/19 19:21:05 (edited)
    Quirky
    Wulfdane
    +25
    Quirky and stupid, but not offensive.

    This attributing everything to slavery, is even more ignorant than those shoes.

    We have become a nation of self-victimization, where everyone wants to be a victim.

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  • KatherineKnight250 2012/06/20 19:58:46
    Quirky
    KatherineKnight250
    +2
    And stupid. Seriously, who wants a pair of sneakers that reminds people of prison?
    I'll tell you who, nobody. Unless the few people that liked it there or want to go there.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/06/20 19:42:11
    Offensive
    Tennessee3501
    +4
    However, Adidas should send them to Guantanamo Bay and let the terrorists wear them!
  • M. Aronson Tenness... 2012/06/20 22:04:49
    M. Aronson
    +1
    Sure. But how about the many prisoners there who are NOT terrorists? It is so easy to forget about them, right?
  • Tenness... M. Aronson 2012/06/20 22:13:10
    Tennessee3501
    They are all terrorists vacationing in Cuba at our expense. The beaches are great! If any are not terrorists, Attorney General Holder would have sent them home in order to please his boss!
  • mick 2012/06/20 19:38:24
    Quirky
    mick
    +2
    reminds me of my time at county...
  • John Kimball 2012/06/20 19:38:08
    Quirky
    John Kimball
    +4
    What now bondage is open sales at payless? Can I get them in leather?
  • Sintwa 2012/06/20 19:37:26
    Quirky
    Sintwa
    +2
    Everything is a reference to everything. I've stopped caring about PC becuase it's gone too far to be considered and arguement anymore. Extremes made something that was needed into annoyances.
  • dirty_diana100 2012/06/20 19:24:17
    Quirky
    dirty_diana100
    +4
    i swear, everyone wants to be a victim. i, being an african american am fully aware of my heritage, and am sure all of america is too, but shacles on sneakers?? NAACP you have NOTHING better to do with your time?? i see no slavery connotation here, i would wear the sneakers myself! the only thing that could possibly be slave related is if they were released in black history month, or juneteenth or even the day the emancipation proclamation was signed, but it was to be released in August?? they were just trying to capitalize on back to school sales. smdh, what is the ptoblem with that?
  • Katherine 2012/06/20 19:22:24
    Quirky
    Katherine
    +3
    They didn't mean to offend.
  • Rachel 2012/06/20 19:21:23
    Offensive
    Rachel
    +5
    If by offensive you mean ugly, then yes, those are the most offensive shoes ever.
  • El Prez 2012/06/20 19:18:27
    Offensive
    El Prez
    +3
    AND they are stupid ugly!!!
  • Lucy Pannell 2012/06/20 19:14:43
    Quirky
    Lucy Pannell
    +3
    UGLY is more like it!!! Who in the hell designed these??? They need to go back to design school!!! LOL!!!
  • Reinhold 2012/06/20 19:14:20
  • gocar 2012/06/20 19:09:10
    Offensive
    gocar
    +2
    Not to mention stupid looking.
  • Maiko 2012/06/20 19:04:44
    Quirky
    Maiko
    +2
    Do we honestly think that Addidas would make shoes that purpsefully are meant to reference slavery? I seriously doubt it. However, people are always looking for ways to twist things up how they see fit. This isn't offensive to me, because I see nothing more than a silly idea they were hoping would catch on, and not a reference to slavery, as some critics have made it out to be.
  • Ashley Stopard-Baker 2012/06/20 19:01:45
    Quirky
    Ashley Stopard-Baker
    +3
    Hold on, do people LIKE thinking that people are out to degrade them? Wow, how sad.
  • Maiko Ashley ... 2012/06/20 19:06:48
    Maiko
    That is so very true. They "look" for ways to twist things up in ways they see fit. It is sad, very sad....
  • Ashley ... Maiko 2012/06/25 17:26:38
    Ashley Stopard-Baker
    Exactly my thoughts. It's as if these people WANT to be degraded.
  • Alexis82 2012/06/20 18:58:08
    Quirky
    Alexis82
    +1
    What's next?!
  • Tom 2012/06/20 18:55:13
    Quirky
    Tom
    +1
    Wtf does everything have to be about blacks!?! What about chain gangs!
  • May 2012/06/20 18:53:52
    Quirky
    May
    +2
    Actually symbolic of the state the aver person is in with the local and federal governments. We are glorified slaves because we live in better conditions than slaves used to but they are doing the very thing our Founding Fathers fought to free us from. People need to realize the amount of control they hold over us and the money they extract from us is excessive. Small government is necessary, out of control, bloated, corrupt government is not! We should all wear them to make a statement to the powers that be.
  • Alummina 2012/06/20 18:46:19
    Offensive
    Alummina
    +2
    All manufacturers have a choice to make when creating product: good or bad image for our clients to 'follow'. Like it or not, Adidas and others act as 'role models' and introduce fads which become 'acceptable' or sought. To that degree, the choice to use replicas that present a violent, mean-spirited, or demeaning image is, in my opinion, offensive. By simply using it, they are 'approving' or advocating it. And, as stated, we have more than enough people who end up shackled....we do not need to 'make it cool' or acceptable.
    Hats off to Adidas for the recall. and they are stupid ugly,ignorant and no class. Adidas go and re design with professionalism and maturity.
  • S123 Alummina 2012/06/20 20:09:46
    S123
    Why do you think it's about slavery?
  • BJHavoc 2012/06/20 18:45:06
    Quirky
    BJHavoc
    +1
    I would actually buy them if they shaved about $275 off that price.
  • jujunme 2012/06/20 18:43:11
    Quirky
    jujunme
    +1
    Besides being unattractive and possibly cause your ankles to sweat from that plastic shackle.i don't see why others would be offended. if i had any intention of purchasing them, i would be more offended with the $350.00 price tag.
  • Lyssanator 2012/06/20 18:39:32
    Offensive
    Lyssanator
    +1
    Offensively ugly....
  • Vennie 2012/06/20 18:36:00
    Quirky
    Vennie
    +2
    Stupid idea but fails to strike me as offensive.
  • Bruce Carrubba 2012/06/20 18:34:00
    Quirky
    Bruce Carrubba
    +1
    Ugly as sin but not offensive.
  • rhstarr 2012/06/20 18:24:13
    Quirky
    rhstarr
    +2
    My kids like them!! My middle child said that at least if she didnt tie her shoes tight enought then they wouldnt come off. I think they look crazy. I dont think I could see myself paying $350 for them though.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/06/20 18:23:52
    Quirky
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    To me no, but to others they could be. I think that some are a little overly sensitive.
  • cheighti g 2012/06/20 18:18:53
    Quirky
    cheighti g
    +1
    I wouldent wear them because i have very sensitive skin but other than that there cool
  • rosebud 2012/06/20 18:17:35
    Offensive
    rosebud
    +2
    PRISON WEAR is what they look like with the combination of the shackles and the bright orange color to match the jump suits the prisoners are forced to wear so you can tell the prisoners from the "regular" people.
  • mustangluver 2012/06/20 18:17:08
    Quirky
    mustangluver
    +3
    Doesn't have to mean slavery. Could mean going steady, like the gf owns him. Why do all roads have to lead to something offensive to blacks? I think they're ugly as sin and in this economy, who's got $350 for a pair of sneaks?
  • ZeeOh6Nut 2012/06/20 18:15:14
    Quirky
    ZeeOh6Nut
    +3
    We gotta lighten up on interpreting things that obviously were not intended to be racist as being racist or racism will keep getting fueled by that in itself. The most offensive thing about the ugly shoes is that they expect to get $350 for a crappy pair of cheaply made shoes. I mean they're not even Bostonians for cryin' out loud!!!!
  • Paige 2012/06/20 18:12:45
    Offensive
    Paige
    +1
    Actually they are really just stupid!
  • Kitty Kat 'CARROT' 2012/06/20 18:10:10
    Quirky
    Kitty Kat 'CARROT'
    +1
    their awsome
  • Rubyking 2012/06/20 18:08:16
    Quirky
    Rubyking
    +2
    not really, just... different
  • KeithL 2012/06/20 18:01:43
  • Oltom 2012/06/20 17:50:40
    Quirky
    Oltom
    +1
    I would not own them,but I can't see them as being offensive!
  • Coconut Joe 2012/06/20 17:46:22
    Offensive
    Coconut Joe
    +3
    I'm offended that adidas bowed down to rev race baiter. I would have bought a pair if adidas would have told rev jackass to shut up & released them anyway just to support a company with a pair.

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