Nike has pulled a shoe from its shelves that was designed by someone who voiced support for the Hong Kong democracy protestors. The shoe had been designed by Undercover, which is the brand for designer Jun Takahashi of Japan. Takahashi had posted on Undercover’s Instagram account “no extradition to China,” in reference to what is happening in Hong Kong. CNBC has the details.
As a result, “Nike halted the sale of a range of sports shoes in China.”
In the United States, Nike killed a shoe design for Independence Day that had the original Betsy Ross designed American flag on it. Why? Because Colin Kaepernick complained.
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. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.
Nike is a private company and can do what it wants, but it is deeply interesting that it sided with communist Chinese thugs and a failed NFL player who embraced woke culture — both over democracy. The Ross flag rallied colonists to the cause of Independence and in Hong Kong activists are taking to the streets to support their democracy.
Nike would rather profit from totalitarians.