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SPEAK ON IT: Was Adidas Right In PULLING The JS Roundhouse Mid "Shackle" Shoes From Production?

Shoe giant Adidas has pulled its controversial JS Roundhouse Mid shoe from production amid cries of racism.  Get the deets inside and decide if the "shackles" on the shoes remind you of slavery.

 

Adidas has announced that it pulled the controversial "JS Roundhouse Mid" shoe from its production line after folks said it reminded them of slavery.

The shoe, which would have been launched this August, was designed by the eclectic Jeremy Scott and featured plastic orange chains and a cuff that strapped around the ankles.  Although Adidas had posted a pic of the shoes on Facebook with the caption, “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?,” some folks saw a reference to slavery and "shackles" when they viewed the shoes.  

Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN, "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."

And Dr. Boyce Watkins posted on Your Black World, "I literally froze up when I saw a new design from Adidas set to hit stores in August."  He continued, 

"When I see the shoes, I also think about the ankle bracelets being worn by far too many men who are affected by the mass incarceration epidemic that the White House says nothing about. The black family has ripped itself apart because so man of our fathers, brothers, husbands and sons are locked away in prison, leading their children vulnerable to all the horrible things that happen when the man of the house is not away. I am offended by these shoes because there is nothing funny about the prison industrial complex, which is the most genocidal thing to happen to the black family since slavery itself."

 

After the uproar, the company issued a statement to the Daily News saying, "Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."  They added, 

"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.  Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful.” 

 

So what do you think?  Did you see the "shackles" as a fashion forward statement or a reference to slavery?

 

SPEAK ON IT..........

 

 

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How in the hell can Jesse

How in the hell can Jesse Jackson hating ass comment on any issues of race, when he was caught on camera whispering and the mic was on , calling President Obama a nigger! With or with out the shackles on the tennis shoes, Blacks are willingly in bondage to : drugs, alcohol, Black on Black violence, self-hatred, materialism, tearing each other down with harsh and bitter words, homosexuality, etc. Adidas isn't doing a damn thing to Blacks, Blacks are doing it to themselves!
Anonymous's picture

They will keep making nigga

They will keep making nigga S--- for niggas, put some pro athlete in them and watch all the niggas pay big time to be shackled, and they say we did not like being slaves!
2227's picture

I think these shoes were

I think these shoes were really poor in taste however blacks are not the only people that have ever been enslaved so why are we to assume it was ALL about being racist towards us. We're not that important everyday.
Anonymous's picture

All "White's" are not bad,

All "White's" are not bad, but the person that invented this shoe was trying to send a evil message in a sneaky way-that simple! I would not buy the shoes for anybody-garbage!
Anonymous's picture

Just like teen girls learn to

Just like teen girls learn to walk in heels, this will help Brothers navigate walking into Court in cuffs.
Lamarvalus's picture

I think they should sell the

I think they should sell the Screw all them they people that want them off the market are the once that prob end up in prison any ways... They will get you use to prison....
Anonymous's picture

omg hell is gonna freeze over

omg hell is gonna freeze over i have the same opinion as that furious nut case wow...i dont think this is racism at all its a shoe with a chain that has a strap or ring at the top of the chains..ppl that say we focus on b.s and not the MAJOR issues SOMETIMES is right wtf u worried about a shoe that no one forced u to wear and doesnt incorporate blacks in anyway? you seriously have no life or u are wasting it if this is a major concern
Anonymous's picture

Anybody who sees these shoes

Anybody who sees these shoes as a good thing or "hot" is just an idiot. These shoes are wrong on so many levels it is mine blowing. Just tell me what the positive spin of shackles on your ankles could be. Shackles equal slavery or criminal. Do we want young black men associated either of those things. What advertisement company thought this was a good idea? Whether Addidas is making a statement about slavery in America or slavery to a shoe company it is just as bad.
Anonymous's picture

This can be looked at two

This can be looked at two ways. Either it's just a new fashion statement or offensive. My initial thought when i saw the shoes was they are hot, but it reminded me of ankle cuffs from prison and wasn't sure with me (a black person) wearing them walking down the street would look. They definitely can be offensive depending on who the majority wearing them is and what the stereotype may be. I agree with the comment by babiegirl that if your MAIN target market is African Americans then you may want to think twice at what can be seen as offensive to the majority. It's just the same if a black designer's target market were white ppl and sold skatebords with a picture of Adolf Hitler or a white cross symbolizing KKK then it would be just as offensive. The point is, if it can stereotype a certain group of ppl and (we all know blacks are stereotyped for many things) then the best thing to do is pull em. Point blank and period.
Hater Recognizer's picture

OMG...CALM DOWN, they are

OMG...CALM DOWN, they are just sneakers! Everything is not a race issue, so stop making it one. GEESH! It's just fashion people.
TRAECALIBER's picture

I mean come on i didnt look

I mean come on i didnt look at it that way i was never apart of the slavery error....some of these people need to be in shackles ijs...the sneakers are hot and i would wear them and wouldnt feel weird or like a slave!
Anonymous's picture

the design is HIGHLY

the design is HIGHLY offensive point blank addias gambled and lost...
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synth's picture

People are so quick to judge.

People are so quick to judge. I dont find it offensive it all . How many ppl camp outside to wait for jordans and etc that was made by ppl in slavery conditions . p.s if they were red bottoms , with a strap around the ankles .. bunch of women will not pay their rent for them and call it fashionable .
Anonymous's picture

These shoes do not remind me

These shoes do not remind me of slavery! I don't see any Jewish people saying they remind them of the Holocaust?! The only crime Adidas made was creating a UGLY ASS shoe. Black people just want something to complain about. Complain about jobs, healthcare, crime..not some shoes that no one is forcing you to wear. Sheesh!
Dani's picture

I totally agree! They're

I totally agree! They're ugly, not offensive.
Love Lifted Me's picture

People don't get why these

People don't get why these sneakers are offensive? Wow! The intent may not have been racist. It may have a been a play on being a slave to basketball, sneakers, consumerisms, whatever else, but any large business should have an insight into what their target market might find offensive. No one obviously brought this up during the board meeting over the design with shackles, smh.
babiegirl's picture

PPl with kankles can't wear

PPl with kankles can't wear these cheap looking sneakers any way......alllll-right
wak548's picture

PPl with kankles can't wear

PPl with kankles can't wear these sneakers any way.......alllll-right
wak548's picture

To be completely honest the

To be completely honest the shoes would be hot without the whole ankle shackles thing. At the end of the day they are just shoes and i find it ironic that the poor child laborers who actually made these shoes probably had shackles on their feet.
tori's picture

People with kankles wear them

People with kankles wear them any way.......allllll-right
wak548's picture

Its funny to me how SOME

Its funny to me how SOME black people live stereotypes all day long, they act like modern day "slaves" but when someone points it out & supports ur behavior, ur OUTRAGED.... If they were Ye's or J's people would be sleeping on sidewalks & camping out for these sneakers.... They could still release them, its not like black folks are outraged for more than 3-4 days anyway...
DDz's picture

Its funny to me how SOME

Its funny to me how SOME black people live stereotypes all day long, they act like modern day "slaves" but when someone points it out & supports ur behavior, ur OUTRAGED.... If they were Ye's or J's people would be sleeping on sidewalks & camping out for these sneakers.... They could still release them, its not like black folks are outraged for more than 3-4 days anyway...
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bbwfishing's picture

We have enough black people

We have enough black people already in jail, they would be the only ones dumb enough to buy these ugly a$- footwear. What great lengths some people would do for money. Everything in this world seems to be changing but this. Did Adidas really mean to call them JailHouse Bid "Shackle".
Anonymous's picture

If MJ slapped Air Jordans on

If MJ slapped Air Jordans on these ninjas would be lined up.. Wake up fam..Wake Up.
Anonymous's picture

2 WORDS= HELL YESS!!

2 WORDS= HELL YESS!!
Anonymous's picture

People of all races should be

People of all races should be offended of being shackled down or having to pay good money for kids to wear shackles or even having to walk down the street and spot folks walking in shackles like its the hottest thing since sliced bread. EVERYONE SHOULD BE OFFENDED. This is taking people for fools like we can't see past the subliminal. They are trying to ween everyone into the transition of HUMAN SLAVERY for the elites day by day and am glad someone pulled the breaks on this foolywang. Not gonna happen.
Koko's picture

What are these people

What are these people thinking?
max's picture

When I look at those

When I look at those sneakers, they remind me of slavery and being in jail. smh!
Happy Lady's picture

African Americans are overly

African Americans are overly Sensitive about shit that is far gone,please stop.I will wear these,when I saw them I was like wtf I want its so hot 2 me and trust me I don't wear sneakers I am a 6" baby but I've a jeremy scott Collection and think he makes genius sneakers.As a black woman,I wear with many of u wear Anklets toes rings etc hell yeah I wear big Anklets,y'all ladies wear Strap shoes go look its a lot of shit a lot u guys need to stop and live your life its never that serious,u call each other Nigga and all please y'all mentally ensclaved and p.s if u live in America,doesn't matter what skin color you are we are all in a big jail,do you have a social security #? If yes you are in shackles tighter than these Addidas shoes,History was my major in HS meaning I studied, World,African and America History so y'all bare even know the stories and what it really was.Get off that sensitive shit y'all smoking and Jeremy scott pass me a pair please
I love it's picture

I agree with "i love it". i

I agree with "i love it". i see where it can be offensive but i think its another case of Black Americans overracting as usual. The guy explained where it came from. black people were taken from africa all over the world, i doubt you'll see black cubans and brazilians complaining about it, but as usual its the overreacting black americans. i guess yall had tigher shackles huh..lol I guarantee if FUBU or a black designer came out with shackle shoes, yall wont be saying shit yall would be robbing and killing each other over it like yall do jordans so its not really about the shoe in the 1st place. this is muchado about nothing
100%African's picture

It is so clear to me by your

It is so clear to me by your rabid argument that anything you say should not be either followed or believed. You clearly are shackled with ignorance and the ability to clearly present a cohesive argument.
Sunflower Jones's picture

African Americans are overly

African Americans are overly Sensitive about shit that is far gone,please stop.I will wear these,when I saw them I was like wtf I want its so hot 2 me and trust me I don't wear sneakers I am a 6" baby but I've a jeremy scott Collection and think he makes genius sneakers.As a black woman,I wear with many of u wear Anklets toes rings etc hell yeah I wear big Anklets,y'all ladies wear Strap shoes go look its a lot of shit a lot u guys need to stop and live your life its never that serious,u call each other Nigga and all please y'all mentally ensclaved and p.s if u live in America,doesn't matter what skin color you are we are all in a big jail,do you have a social security #? If yes you are in shackles tighter than these Addidas shoes,History was my major in HS meaning I studied, World,African and America History so y'all bare even know the stories and what it really was.Get off that sensitive shit y'all smoking and Jeremy scott pass me a pair please
I love it's picture

African Americans are overly

African Americans are overly Sensitive about shit that is far gone,please stop.I will wear these,when I saw them I was like wtf I want its so hot 2 me and trust me I don't wear sneakers I am a 6" baby but I've a jeremy scott Collection and think he makes genius sneakers.As a black woman,I wear with many of u wear Anklets toes rings etc hell yeah I wear big Anklets,y'all ladies wear Strap shoes go look its a lot of shit a lot u guys need to stop and live your life its never that serious,u call each other Nigga and all please y'all mentally ensclaved and p.s if u live in America,doesn't matter what skin color you are we are all in a big jail,do you have a social security #? If yes you are in shackles tighter than these Addidas shoes,History was my major in HS meaning I studied, World,African and America History so y'all bare even know the stories and what it really was.Get off that sensitive shit y'all smoking and Jeremy scott pass me a pair please
I love it's picture

African Americans are overly

African Americans are overly Sensitive about shit that is far gone,please stop.I will wear these,when I saw them I was like wtf I want its so hot 2 me and trust me I don't wear sneakers I am a 6" baby but I've a jeremy scott Collection and think he makes genius sneakers.As a black woman,I wear with many of u wear Anklets toes rings etc hell yeah I wear big Anklets,y'all ladies wear Strap shoes go look its a lot of shit a lot u guys need to stop and live your life its never that serious,u call each other Nigga and all please y'all mentally ensclaved and p.s if u live in America,doesn't matter what skin color you are we are all in a big jail,do you have a social security #? If yes you are in shackles tighter than these Addidas shoes,History was my major in HS meaning I studied, World,African and America History so y'all bare even know the stories and what it really was.Get off that sensitive shit y'all smoking and Jeremy scott pass me a pair please
I love it's picture

You're a dumb bitch!!! The

You're a dumb bitch!!! The Jews haven't forgot and neither should we forget. I wish I could find your dumb ass so I could beat the hell out of you!!!
Anonymous's picture

LOL... Black folk behind this

LOL... Black folk behind this one. Surely.
Yas's picture

I'm more offended that we're

I'm more offended that we're not as offended by the use of word nigga... I'm more offended that we're not as offended by the blatant disrespect to our people that 90% of black music video portray, I'm super offended that the bulk of people that are buy these shoes are "our" people, mostly those who really can't afford them...
Anonymous's picture

I think it is sad and a

I think it is sad and a disgrace and once again corporate america takes part of history, Black history and turns into profit! They have been doing it since slavery started... they want to rip out our souls if they could...anything to remind us of what they want to be remembered as NI**as! If anyone invest or has the nerve to rock those shoes has low self esteem dont know who they are and playing right into their hands! We sag, we say ni**as, we kill each other, we hate on each other...so in their eyes we will wear the shoes! Its time to prove them wrong! dont purchase those shoes... please register: www.cutepieces.com and get great looks at low prices:)
rockhardtalk's picture

These shackles are far much

These shackles are far much deeper than African slavery, and more so being a SLAVE to fashion and OVERCONSUMPTION. There are individuals who purchase every pair of Jeremy Scott sneakers that are released. These people ate slaves to materialism and the brand, a mental slavery. It's deeper than racism, because not just blacks are affected by this human consumerism.
MaterialIllusions's picture

When I saw these shoes I

When I saw these shoes I though prison chain gang. I figure the executives were thinking "well these men running aroung showing their butt like prisoners, maybe they wouldnt mind shackled feel like prisoners". I see why people are mad but slavery wasnt my first thought
Furious your padded room is ready!'s picture

Singing MaRy MARy now....

Singing MaRy MARy now.... Take the shackles off my feet sooo I can dance... Humph I jus wanna.... !!! Ijs it did come to mind after reading all Deez sermons!!!! Hehe
Anonymous's picture

If Kanye West would have

If Kanye West would have designed these - people would have been on his d*#&.
YBFFan33's picture

Co-Sign.

Co-Sign.
Anonymous's picture

What's messed up is, I feel

What's messed up is, I feel like artist have the right to express themselves, but not at other's expense... But I am sure someone in the boardroom was thinking WTF with this fool trying to make a statement at ADIDAS's expense
ReadingRainbow's picture

If anything, it highlights

If anything, it highlights the fact that Black People in America are slaves to consumerism. We'll buy any bull*ish if it's "supposed" to be "hot." (And STILL not have a pot to p*ss in or a widow to throw it out of!)
T'Chaka of Wakanda's picture

If they want to sell these

If they want to sell these shoes just give Young Money some to wear in their video, dumb folks love dressing like Weezy.
Furious your padded room is ready!'s picture

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