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Per usual, President Donald Trump woke up bright and early to tweet on Friday morning. This time, he went with, “What was Nike thinking?,” a clear reference to the brand’s new campaign starring former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
Fresh on the heels of a fear-mongering campaign rally in Montana, the tweet — like most of Trump’s tweets — was clearly intended to rile up his base. Fortunately, it was also a rhetorical question, which everyone knows is a recipe for disaster if you’re trying to prove a point.
On Monday, Nike unveiled athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick as one of the faces of its new campaign and soon after chaos ensued, because…of course it did.
Kaepernick’s Nike ad features a close-up of the football player’s face, and ad copy that reads, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
The athlete rose to national fame for being the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality against African-American people in the United States. His protest has since inspired players across the league to do the same. Read more…
What a week for Nike.
LeBron James has revealed his newest Nike collaboration, inspired by his belief that “African-American women are some of the strongest people on earth.” And it is stunning.
Celebrating the power of “some amazingly strong women” including his mother, wife and daughter, James’ HFR x LeBron 16 was unveiled at the Harlem Fashion Row Showcase Gala on Tuesday.
“As someone who has a platform, because of what I do, I thought it was important to lend that platform to a group of people that I believe are under-recognized,” said James in a press statement. Read more…
Remember when people smashed their expensive Keurig coffee brewers all in the name of protest? Well, this week the same phenomenon is happening with Nike products.
On Sunday, the sportswear company announced that Colin Kaepernick is one of the faces for their new “Just Do It” campaign, to the chagrin of some and the joy of many more. Folks who are adamantly against the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback — known for kneeling against police brutality — have come up with a rather unusual way to protest: destroying Nike gear they already own.
On Labor Day, Nike released a powerful ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL star still in exile for standing up for his beliefs.
The ad is a simple black and white image of Kaepernick’s face with the message, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Kaepernick tweeted the ad from his Twitter account Monday afternoon.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the ad is part of a campaign that will make Kaepernick one of the faces of the company’s legendary “Just Do It” campaign, which turns 30 this year. The company also released ads featuring Serena Williams, NFL receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., and one-handed football player Shaquem Griffin, who made the Seattle Seahawks for the upcoming NFL season. Read more…