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RVD
Jun 18th, 2012, 10:09 PM
Infrequently, mankind creates an amazing device or invention, makes a historically significant discovery, or.... conceives of some unimaginably indescribable piece of crap. :unsure:

But hey, you folks decide for yourselves after reading this article.




New Adidas sneakers kick up slave-chain controversy
http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/32/6C77BFB381113714A61DEF4D41FC2.jpg

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."


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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?"

*sigh*
Amazing!

Sammo
Jun 18th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Well it was founded by a Nazi so it's not that surprising :oh:

Nicolás89
Jun 18th, 2012, 10:17 PM
The first words I thought after seeing this were "prisoners" "jail", not slavery but still that is one interesting choice for designing. :unsure:

lee station
Jun 18th, 2012, 10:31 PM
:daveslave:

RVD
Jun 18th, 2012, 10:33 PM
Well it was founded by a Nazi so it's not that surprising :oh:I didn't even make the "Nazi" connection, but I can't dismiss the idea either.
Just bad, bad, form from Adidas.The first words I thought after seeing this were "prisoners" "jail", not slavery but still that is one interesting choice for designing. :unsure:Yep...The image of "prisoners" come mind as well.
But it also brought to mind a picture of "Chain Gangs" I recall viewing and reading about in American History book:

http://blogwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/chaingangflorida1995.jpg

miffedmax
Jun 19th, 2012, 03:11 AM
Yeah, I thought of chain gangs. Not that said aren't without their own extremely controversial history in the US. But just stupid and uncomfortable looking.

RVD
Jun 19th, 2012, 07:24 AM
Yeah, I thought of chain gangs. Not that said aren't without their own extremely controversial history in the US. But just stupid and uncomfortable looking.That about sums it up.
I mean, in terms of functionality, I fail to understand what Adidas was perusing with this product. :confused:

Direwolf
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Can't wait to see Wozniacki in Chains

Super Dave
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:34 PM
They've been cancelled...

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/adidas-pulls-js-roundhouse-mids-shackle-sneaker-design-slavery-uproar-061912?ocid=ansfox11

I'll never know how this stuff gets approved and how people can keep their jobs...unless it was a whole publicity stunt to begin with and wasn't widely produced...

edificio
Jun 20th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Ugly shoe, ugly idea, good for creating publicity for their brand, though. :rolleyes: Shackles. :mad:

pov
Jun 20th, 2012, 10:39 PM
In current society "WTF?! were they thinking" by my standards often equals "New Trend."

That said, the hoopla about the Adidas sneakers with shackles is also another example of inanity. Shackles have been around for thousands of years and are still in use today in many prison systems. That many African-Americans seem to look for anything continue to make a singular identification with slavery (something that has also existed for thousands of years with some groups undergoing it far longer than Africans brought west) then have a knee-jerk reaction around things that they think of as associated with it is, to me, not the most positive thing.

Wigglytuff
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:13 PM
Idiots. Glad they canceled it. Shackles for fashion is a terrible idea, regardless if it reminds you of the holocaust or slavery or chain gangs. It's stupid and offensive. Frankly I thought of all three and the slavery of the Jews in Egypt to boot. Ugh.

Edit, and no it doesn't mean that there is something WRONG with America if this offensive, I means that there is something RIGHT with us. That at least there are some limits as to what is acceptable.

Ryan
Jun 21st, 2012, 09:33 PM
Pretty sure they were modelled after My Pet Monster - thats what I read, and thought of when I saw them (saw them before reading about them). They're fucking ugly. I can see how they may cause people to think of other things like slavery and prison; I don't think that was their intention at all, just an ill-conceived attempt at "fashion".