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Old 07-02-2019, 6:34am   #1
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Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes
https://www.wsj.com/articles/nike-ni...es-11562024126

Nike Inc. is yanking a U.S.A.-themed sneaker featuring an early American flag after NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive, according to people familiar with the matter.



The sneaker giant created the Air Max 1 USA in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and it was slated to go on sale this week. The heel of the shoe featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle, a design created during the American Revolution and commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.

After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites.

“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a Nike spokeswoman said.

After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns.

The design was created in the 1770s to represent the 13 original colonies, though there were many early versions of the America flag, according to the Smithsonian. In the 1790s, stars and bars were added to reflect the addition of Vermont and Kentucky as states. U.S. flag designs continued to change as states were admitted to the union until the 50th star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960.

In 2016, the superintendent of a Michigan school district apologized after students waved the Betsy Ross flag at a high-school football game, saying that for some it is a symbol of white supremacy and nationalism, according to Mlive.com, a local news outlet. While the flag’s use isn’t widespread, the local chapter of the NAACP said at the time that it has been appropriated by some extremist groups opposed to America’s increasing diversity.

Last year, Nike made Mr. Kaepernick the face of an advertising campaign while he was still engaged in that dispute with the league—a risky move given Nike’s role as one of the NFL’s biggest partners. The campaign generated a backlash among some consumers, who began torching Nike shoes and cutting its swoosh logo out of gear. The protests were countered by expressions of support for Nike.

Since the ad was released, Nike has posted higher sales, boosted by strong demand in both the U.S. and China. In the fourth quarter, sales rose 4% to $10.18 billion. Its share price has climbed more than 15% so far this year.

At least some of the USA-themed shoes have already made their way to sneaker enthusiasts. Versions of the Air Max 1 USA were changing hands on sneaker-reselling site StockX for as much as $500 on Monday, according to the site. After this Journal article was published, the price fluctuated, with one pair fetching as much $2,000 and another as little as $140.
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He and the others should get ass herpes...I wouldn't wear anything Nike








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“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours.

We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history."
worth reading:

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/arizo...ross-flag-flap

Arizona Gov. Ducey to pull Nike plant incentives over reported Colin Kaepernick, Betsy Ross flag flap
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**** Nike. They had an opportunity to get back into the hearts and minds of real Americans, and Colon Cancernick screwed it for them.
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I would only use a Nike product to wipe my ass with. I wouldn't buy it though.
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Yet Nike is making clothing for Muslims. You know the religion of the people who sold blacks as slaves to the world and still do today.
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I don't like Nike's political bent, I don't like any company taking a political stance, and cancelling a shoe with this flag on it is, to me personally, disgusting. I think Kaep is a ridiculous buffoon.

But Nike isn't kicking themselves in the arse. I'm not their target market, and neither are most of the middle aged or elderly white men who hang out here.
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But Nike isn't kicking themselves in the arse. I'm not their target market, and neither are most of the middle aged or elderly white men who hang out here.
my nephews don't like this; they are not middle aged or elderly.
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Dear Mr. Knight: all you have to do is design and sell shoes that are comfy, stylish, and perform well. Make a profit, wash, rinse, repeat.
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I don't know what bidness school the latest owners of Nike attended, but you never alienate a potential customer segment.

Oh, you certainly aim towards a few select groups... but also hope the "nearby" segments might buy your products as well.

Nike is saying to me: "we don't want your business". Message received; loud and clear.
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I don't know what bidness school the latest owners of Nike attended, but you never alienate a potential customer segment.

Oh, you certainly aim towards a few select groups... but also hope the "nearby" segments might buy your products as well.

Nike is saying to me: "we don't want your business". Message received; loud and clear.
In this case, a big part of their appeal to their target demographic is intentionally alienating people who love America. They're building brand loyalty among those that don't really like America. That's why they doubled down on Kaepernick and promote their swoosh hijab.

You're right, in the old days, most companies would prefer to stay away from controversy like this, or would prefer to be viewed as pro-America. No longer. Progressives are now a very large customer base that it pays to cater to.

So companies being anti gun, anti America, anti-traditional American values have a large market to go after, and they earn that market by doing shit like this.
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Nike is in for a rude awakening when their Socialist Utopia is populated with nothing but people that can't afford their shoes.
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Nike can kiss my azz. I never have and never will buy there crap.
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I don't like Nike's political bent, I don't like any company taking a political stance, and cancelling a shoe with this flag on it is, to me personally, disgusting. I think Kaep is a ridiculous buffoon.

But Nike isn't kicking themselves in the arse. I'm not their target market, and neither are most of the middle aged or elderly white men who hang out here.
Whatchu be talkin' about cuz cuz?
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Nike is in for a rude awakening when their Socialist Utopia is populated with nothing but people that can't afford their shoes.
but... but; it doesn't end there. Next will be a tax on the wealthy (you know - anyone who has a work ethic) to provide their products to the poor because... because America is

Racist
Sexist
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Sadly there is no such thing as bad attention when it comes to this.....look at how much we are talking about Nike
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So Kaepernick runs Nike now?


Where are the SJW's bitching about Nike's Chinese Sweatshops?
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who ever originally came up with "there's no such thing as bad publicity" was FoS; only attempting damage control by creating a snazzy saying.

Nike was already a household name... not needing to get its first national recognition.
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In other news, I just placed an order for some Betsy Ross flags.

https://www.amazon.com/Betsy-Ross-St...%2C168&sr=8-10

My only regret is that I couldn't get them here in time for the 4th.
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