In quite possibly the worst advice ever given via a NIKE ‘Just Do It’ campaign, and with quite possibly the worst idea of ever having somebody like Colin Kaepernick as the face of a campaign, these were two incredibly bad ideas in advertising coming together to make this mess, to be honest. The bad advice and bad decisions by Nike have led to many of their customers burning their shoes, socks, and just about anything with the Nike name on it.
The #BoycottNike hashtag went viral on social media incredibly fast among Trump supporters due to Colin Kaepernick’s infamous moment of taking a knee during the national anthem at an NFL game, which has all but pretty much ended his football career. However, many people believed that his career was already heading south, prior to taking a knee in the fall of 2016, which sparked a lot of controversy, since it’s disrespecting the nation’s flag, the country, and those served (died) in the military.
We believe Nike really messed up on this campaign, both with picking the face of the campaign, and with the slogan, which would be a terrible piece of advice for life. We wouldn’t recommend anybody to just do that…
Surprisingly, Nike spokeswoman Sandra Carreon-Johnsaid had this to day on Monday, “Colin has been a Nike athlete since 2011.”
“Colin is one of a number of athletes being featured as part of our 30th anniversary of Just Do It.”
Let’s face it! Colin Kaepernick isn’t the person that American’s want to see promoting NIKE, and this action has since sparked backlash on social media, with customers setting their Nike’s alight and destroying the merchandise in any way they could. Let’s take a look!
AlterAtYeshiva posted the moment he threw in a number of Nike sneakers into the incinerator in his backyard on Twitter, whilst Ryan Harden prepared a furnace fire to torch his Nike’s. Anyone for some flame grilled Nike shoes, anyone?
John Rich, member of the country band Big and Rich, tweeted that upon hearing the news of Colin Kaepernick being the face of Nike’s campaign, he posted that his soundman had just cut the Nike Swoosh off of his socks.
From then on out, more tweets of people expressing their dislike for the Nike brand after seeing Colin Kaepernick’s face in the campaign followed suit. Let’s not forget that Colin was seen alongside enemy of America – political activist Linda Sarsour – back in 2017, as well.
Now for some more social media photos of people burning their Nike’s to a crisp or destroying them, in response to the tone-deaf decision by Nike to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their ‘Just Do It’ campaign.
Some chose to burn them up, whilst the next person decided to chop up his and make them sautéed in the frying pan. Delicious!
These next Nike’s really caught on fire, as we can all see. We wonder what Adidas are thinking about all this right now?
The next Twitter user, Chris P, decided he would tear off some bits and keep some of the parts of the shoe, rather than burning the whole thing all together.
Veterans organization, ‘Vote Vets’, urged critics of Nike to donate their items rather than burn them, which is probably a better idea in hindsight. After all, it’s a shame to see useful shoes to go to waste, no matter what they stand for, as is shown by the next Twitter user, Tim Null.
He won’t be using those Nike’s ever again. The next person’s wife kindly bought him some Under Armour replacement shoes that he could wear, showing that the #BoycottNike trend may be catching on, and it may even seriously hurt Nike sales. That might even be called the “Trump Effect.”
So there you have it! Now’s probably the best time to just keep wearing the shoes that you would normally wear, unless if they are Nike shoes that is! Then you better burn them or just donate them for those that are in desperate need for any kind of shoe.
Story by The Narrator
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