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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Jesse Jackson Blasts Adidas ‘Shackle’ Shoes: ‘Gross Insult’ Invokes Slavery

Adidas ‘Shackle’ Shoes – This morning, sports apparel company Adidas announced that it will cancel the sale of its new JS Roundhose Mids basketball sneakers with rubber shackles attached to them, which have been denounced by black leaders as “slave shoes.” The company said the shoes had nothing to do with slavery, and were just the designer’s unique take on fashion, but will cease plans to market the shoes in August. On CNN Tuesday morning, Jesse Jackson spoke out about the shoes, calling them a “gross insult” invoking a 246-year “slave cycle.”

“I am stunned at the insensitivity,” Jackson said. “It was a gross insult. We were prepared to engage in a boycott in 50 markets. We contacted Adidas yesterday and contacted [National Basketball Association Commissioner] David Stern, who, in turn, within a few minutes called Adidas and had it cancelled. They cancelled it because they got a call from David Stern and the threat of a real boycott,” Jackson proudly declared.

Host Carol Costello then shared with Jackson a reader email from “Lonnie,” who said that “People wonder why we can’t move on from this issue. … I can’t believe this is even an issue. It’s just a pair of ugly shoes.”

Jackson responded that “It’s according to what your sensitivity zone is. I mean, the slave cycle — it’s a 246-year experience, connected to Jim Crow. We are fighting these battles now to make us better. It’s offensive. It may not be offensive to the blogger, but it’s surely insensitive to a whole bunch of people.”

Costello challenged Jackson, saying, “I think this person was saying, you know, we want to move past all of the stuff. Why just not bother with things like tennis shoes and talk about something really important?”

“I don’t think that you can ask women to move past issues of women’s rights given the gross violations of women,” Jackson replied. “Or ask people who are gay or native american or jewish. We must, in this multicultural environment, be sensitive and caring. This insulting, insensitive, provocative, and wrong.”

Costello then asked whether Adidas’ market removal and apology was enough.

“That’s a step in the right direction. Remove it from the market and, next time around, don’t make the same mistake again.”

Check out the clip below, via CNN:

Source: Mediaite.com

Comments

  1. What's wrong with that? Have you listen to rap music? but now all of the sudden someone is offended LOL.

  2. To be honest I like the shoe, and when I first saw them I didn't get a slavery concept..I'm so over it we have so much other things to think about in today's society…If you don't like its simple don't buy..smh.

  3. David Harrison says:

    Jesse Jackson just want to be heard the shoes and the shoemaker did nothing to him he just need to be seen and heard from so if I design a suite with a rope hanging round my kneck for a tie I wonder what will be said about that leave that slave stuff alone

  4. How insensitive of Jesse to talk about slavery as if it only is 246 years old. Does he even care about any other race of people that were ever slaves? What a singular-minded asshat. Not everything is a reason for you to claim victimhood for African Americans. Shut the fuck up and go away, you historically-ignorant moron.

    • Jesse has campaigned for the rights of more people than just Blacks. Instead of calling him an "asshat" because of this singular moment, take yours off and ask yourself why he's the only civil rights leader outraged about the imagery this shoe brings? The history of shackles in the U.S.A, has been of a device used predominately on Blacks which is historically correct.

    • Shackles aren't exclusive to African Americans or the USA. Nor are they only a symbol of slavery. In fact a lot of people in the BDSM culture quite like shackles.

      Also, Adidas is a German company.

      But please, tell me again how this is exclusively meant to harm American Blacks.

      I'll just sit here and continue to roll my eyes at the pathetic desire for certain individuals to label themselves victims over the release of a purple and orange pair of shoes that most closely resemble, and were more likely a complete infringement upon, the design of the 80s toy "My Pet Monster"

    • I didn't say shackles were exclusive to blacks or the USA but that in this country, they are associated with slavery. Are you telling me that this is historically incorrect? As for people's personal sexual fetish, that's on them and I'm not paying to be a spectator nor is it being mass marketed to urban youth in this country. Adidas is a German company? So what. They sell shoes here, don't they? They were one of the first to capatalize off the urban market with Run DMC in the 80's so you'd think they would know a thing or two about what's acceptable and what's not when it comes to marketing a shoe. And let's be 150% clear…it's not the shoe that's the problem. You wanna release the sneaker then fine, but don't do so with a shackle. If you wanna release them with the shackle then market them to My Pet Monster's race of people if they exist.

    • So you're in favor of Jesse Jackson policing the fashion choices of the country. Awesome.

      How very free and American.

      Let's just apply the same concept to everything else in this country. If someone could be offended, then it should never be made for public consumption.

      Let's see exactly what that does for the available books, television, movies, music, and video games.

      Because we wouldn't want to offend anyone. We wouldn't want to sell anything that isn't acceptable. Right? RIGHT.

    • Joe, with all due respect, you're starting to sound very ignorant. What do you think someone is supposed to do when they feel offended or encounter something offensive? By your definition, they should just shut up, turn their heads and pretend that it never happened. You should be able to put out all kinds of race-insensitive books, T.V. shows, movies and music because we choose what we buy? When did racism become less about the people and more about a dollar?

  5. JESSE JACKSON OUTRAGED? WOW! YET HE SUPPPORT THE "NEW BLACK" HOMOSEXUAL UN, IMF CHARTER. THIS MAN IS A JOKE TO OUR PEOPLE. HE IS RIGHT BUT HE IS HAS NO MORAL AUTHORITY TO PEAK FOR ME OR ANY OF MY ANCESTORS AFTER AGREEING TO THE GAY AGANDA. HE IS A HYPOCRITE, A JOKE, A FOOL AND A DISGRACE TO OUR PEOPLE HE LACKS THE TESTECULAR FORTITUDE TO STAND ON ANYTHING, WE HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT BY REV.JACKSON AND HIS LIKE AL SHARPTON AND ALL HAVE JOINED THE CHILDREN OF WICKEDNESS, I SAW THE FAKE CRYING FOR OBAMA NOW HE IS A SUPPORTER, OH GOD SAVE US FROM OUR LEADING BLACK. THEY ARE NO BALCK LEADERS, A BLACK LEADER THE PEOPLE MAKE DR KING, TAVIS SMILY PROFESSOR WEST LOSIS FARRAKAN , A LEADING BLACK THE MEDIA MAKES LIKE JACKSON , SHARPTON, WINFREY AND THE REST THAT SUPPORT THE GAY AGENDA.WHEN YOU SEE THE ABOMINATION THEAT LEADS TO DESOLATION "COME UP OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE".

  6. YALL SOUND LIKE IDIOTS THEM SHOES IS WRONG IN SO MANY WAYS.

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