On Monday, Colin Kaepernick tweeted that he would be featured in an new ad campaign by Nike. News of the ad angered many, who said they would boycott the company as a result.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
According to Bloomberg:
Following the announcement, the hashtags #BoycottNike and #JustBurnIt started trending on Twitter. Some angry consumers even posted photos and videos of themselves burning their Nike shoes and other gear to protest the company using the divisive figure in its 30th anniversary ad campaign.
The fallout was no surprise but Nike may be betting that the upside of a Kaepernick endorsement is worth angering conservative Americans and supporters of President Donald Trump. Kaepernick — who sparked a movement among professional athletes when he began taking a knee in 2016 during the anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans — is embroiled in a lawsuit against the National Football League and accuses it of blacklisting him.
Quite a few responded by posting pictures and video showing them burning Nike shoes:
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? pic.twitter.com/4CVQdTHUH4
— Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) September 3, 2018
One person posted video of himself burning five pairs of shoes:
— AlterAtYeshiva (@alteratyeshiva) September 4, 2018
Under Armour is a great American company that supports our military. So F*ck You Nike! I'll never buy any of your poorly mad apparel again. #boycottnike
— Action Dan (@ActionDan247) September 3, 2018
Liberals do this all the time
Time to give them a taste of their own medicine #BoycottNike
Bring down their Stock
At $82 a share NOW
— Gary the numbers guy (@Numerologynow) September 4, 2018
This Marine veteran made his feeling known by cutting the Nike logo off his socks:
— John Rich (@johnrich) September 3, 2018
— Freemen4liberty (@Liberty4Freemen) September 3, 2018
Another person posted this video:
Even Geraldo Rivera weighed in:
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 4, 2018
One person reminded Nike of the cost of Kaepernick’s freedom:
Hey Nike, this is what it looks like to sacrifice everything. These men sacrifice their very lives so Collin has the freedom to disrespect our flag & our country. can’t figure out who is a bigger disgrace Collin or Nike for glorifying this nonsense. never buy Nike products again! pic.twitter.com/uiA5g1C7Ds
— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) September 4, 2018
— Chris. P (@_Adversary_) September 4, 2018
But, Bloomberg said, “the shoe giant is likely counting on passions to cool.”
“The long-term relationship and a contract that benefits both parties over the next 10 years will likely outweigh any current controversy,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Chen Grazutis said.
Translation: To hell with patriotic Americans…
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