Adidas Pulls ‘Shackle’ Shoes From Market After Slavery Uproar

German sports apparel maker Adidas has withdrawn its plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism when advertising the shoe on its Facebook page.

The high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to be released in August, according to the Adidas Originals Facebook page. “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” a caption below a photo of the sneakers read. The June 14 post prompted plenty of criticism from around the Web, with many of those commenting saying they felt the shackle invoked the painful image of slavery. Though dismissing the criticism in a written statement by defending the sneaker’s designer, Jeremy Scott, as having a “quirky” and “lighthearted” style, Adidas nonetheless said Monday that it planned to cancel the shoe’s release.

“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,” the statement said. “We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”

One of Adidas’ most high-profile condemnations came from the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He said Tuesday that civil rights groups had contacted NBA Commissioner David Stern, asking him to intercede. Jackson said the groups could engage in a boycott in about 50 markets if the shoes went on the sale.

The photo of the sneakers was still in the photo section of Adidas’ Facebook page Tuesday morning. And whether Adidas wanted it or not, the sneakers were still inspiring a spirited debate about race in the comment section of its Facebook page.

Are you relieved that the JS Roundhouse Mid is now off the market? OR do you fancy the shackle shoes?

Source: CNN

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Alicia Silverstone Criticized for Bizarre Way of Feeding Son

Actress and vegan diet enthusiast Alicia Silverstone has a strange way of feeding her 11-month-old son Bear Blu. In a video posted on her healthy living website, Silverstone chews a bite of food and then passes it straight into her little boy’s mouth mama-bird style.

“I just had a delicious breakfast…” writes Silverstone introducing the video, “I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine. He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating.”

Though pre-chewing babies food is common cultural practice around the world, especially in underdeveloped countries where people might not have access to modern conveniences such as blenders, not everyone thinks it’s a healthy idea.

Speaking with Fox News, Dr. Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD warned, “Various viruses and bacteria, but especially herpes virus, may be passed from mother to baby.” She added, “These microbes present a challenge that the infant’s immune system may not be ready for.

Comments on Silverstone’s website are generally positive about her quirky way of giving Bear Blu his breakfast. “That’s so precious and bear looks so happy!” wrote one fan. “I am sure this is a way to ward against picky eater in your future!!” added another. Mira Jacob, deputy editor of the parenting website isn’t quite so enthusiastic: “A lot of moms chew a portion of their baby’s food; it’s often a very natural transition,” she told Fox. “But this just looks really funny, like Alicia is making out with her son.”

Source: Yahoo News

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