Infrequently, mankind creates an amazing device or invention, makes a historically significant discovery, or.... conceives of some unimaginably indescribable piece of crap.
But hey, you folks decide for yourselves after reading this article.
New Adidas sneakers kick up slave-chain controversy
Monday, June 18, 2:46 pm
2 hrs ago
Congratulations, Nike: You're not alone on the list of Culturally Insensitive Sneaker Designs! When Adidas posted a picture of its upcoming JS
Roundhouse Mids on Facebook, countless jaws dropped -- and not in the way the company intended. The shoes are inoffensive (if unattractive) until you notice the bright orange shackles that snap around the wearer's ankle which, for some, are a plastic-and-Velcro reminder of the chains that slaves were forced to wear. Several outraged commenters have renamed the shoes the "Amistad Originals" or the "Adidas Kunta [Kinte]," while IndieWire asked if the company had been "inspired by 'slave movie fever.'" Regardless of their intention, this is a major misstep for the athletic giant.
"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," a representative for the shoemaker told TODAY.com by email. "Jeremy Scott is renowned as a designer whose style is quirky and lighthearted ... Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful."
For the record, the last thing I thought of when I first saw this monstrosity, was anything having to do with 'slavery'. Just read the "COMMENTS" after the article and you'll understand the significance of this statement.
However, my first thoughts were, "Goddamn!! Those shoes are FUGLY!!"
Second thought being, "What fashion retard thought of this?"