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Date: 06/18/12 07:57 PM

78 Responses to Are These Adidas Hi-Top Sneakers Racist? [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Link: Are These Adidas Hi-Top Sneakers Racist? - They`re the Adidas JS Roundhouse Mids. Some says the shoes of offensive to Black people because of imagery of slavery.
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    littleoracle Female 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    I think anyone who`d buy these are incredibly stupid. Their marketing team should be smacked around for awhile - then fired.
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    xxsevynxx Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm
    or they could be a symbol of how we are slaves to corporations. but really they are just a ugly pair of shoes.
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm
    It`s only racist if you want it to be racist.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    Oh sure, it`s offensive to Jews too, they were slaves in egypt once! And the Serfs of england, they were pretty much slaves, and many many more cultures/races that were slaves at one point. People need to stop being dumb-fuc*s about slavery and racism. There isn`t a DAMN thing racist about these shoes, and anybody that is offended by it deserves sterilization.
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    btnol Female 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    makes me think of my pet monster.....
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    LitCandle Male 13-17
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    The people who said that it is racist, is racist/stupid, because they assume only black people will wear this.

    What`s next? The shoe is the same color as grape soda so it`s racist. Get over yourselves.
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    clockwork208 Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    Everything is racist. Chewing gum, cast-iron skillets, tube socks, basil plants. It`s all racist. ALL OF IT.

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    swoop408 Male 18-29
    1754 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    Why do blacks get to call everything racist? Are we supposed to just be like -- well they says it offends them so it MUST be racist!

    Those shoes are retarded btw. Anyone who buys those will get laughed at very loudly by me.
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm
    oh yeah cuz of their what..whole hundred years of it? Ask them how the jews feel about slavery lol. Calling these racist is just a cheap plea for attention and special benefits.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm
    The only good reason to wear those is if you want the world to know you get off on being chained up.
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    Genocyde Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    No, I`m sorry sir, the transaction was declined. Seems your Race Card is Maxed Out
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    El_Chinche Male 18-29
    546 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    Ha! I love theses posts. Not cause I agree with them but because it`s so funny to see the white folk try so hard to argue that the post isn`t racist. They take so much offense to to the accusation of racism as if they were the ones being accused of it. I forgot which comic I once heard say this but he was right, "racist" is the n word for white people.
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    WeePee Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    do they sing?
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    The more important question is why would anyone wear those in the first place? And I like xxsevynxx`s theory.
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    Idlerlee2 Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm
    I guess if you look hard enough you find swastikas in every watermelon, chicken wing and Texan citizen out there.

    The only thing that gives racism power is the people who assosciate with it.

    So if we could stop being such giant prudes and get on with it, its all good
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    NOT_A_BEAR Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    I don`t know if they`re offensive to black people but they sure are offensive to my eyes...
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm
    seriously, slavery? I see a chain attached to the end of the chain and think prison

    sadly, people who want to be `thug` (no this doesn`t just mean black people, hispanics and even whites try) would actually wear these because they have ingrained that if you survive prison, you must be `hard.` I don`t get why anyone would want to be confused for a convict, and I assure you most, if not all, ex-cons would say similar.
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    mon360 Male 13-17
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    that...is...hilarious
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    Oh sure, it`s offensive to Jews too, they were slaves in egypt once! And the Serfs of england, they were pretty much slaves

    Not as much as it might seem. Serfs in England were technically owned by whoever owned the land and they weren`t legally free, but they had legal rights. They could, for example, take a person to court, stand witness in a trial, etc. There are extant original records of serfs winning court cases against freemen and even a few against nobility in cases where the law was clear and the judge wasn`t at all corrupt.

    There were actual slaves in medieval England or taken from England by slavers raiding from Ireland or Scandanavia. Serfs and slaves in medieval England were in really quite different situations despite both being unfree.

    Medieval England is an interest of mine. The reality was more complicated than the common conception of it, which is too rooted in Victorian errors.
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    Katy526 Female 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    They look like they are really cheaply made.
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    Ghostofme16 Female 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    Oh yes, because only black people have ever been enslaved, and only black people ever had shackles on their ankles, and only black people ever went through suffering and trials... Only black people ever go to prison.
    Yup, only black people deserve to be angry about these shoes.
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    BenTheBug Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    xxsevynxx: or they could be a symbol of how we are slaves to corporations.

    Adidas owns our soles.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    "Oh yes, because only black people have ever been enslaved, and only black people ever had shackles on their ankles, and only black people ever went through suffering and trials... Only black people ever go to prison.
    Yup, only black people deserve to be angry about these shoes."

    Indeed, we should probably give them another goddamn scholarship. We aren`t truly equal until we ALL have the SAME opportunities.
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    PTPete Female 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm
    The slavery of black people in America was a bit more recent than the other examples mentioned in the comments--that`s living people w/ relatives who have first or second generational stories of being in bondage. Also, their fight for basic civil rights was even more recent. Why is it that them being offended by this is so offensive to some folks? At the VERY least, these shoes are ugly.
  26. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Ben, really? The whole wide world of foot related humour and you went for the `sole`? And right on the heels of other good comments, too.
  27. Profile photo of PopeRocket
    PopeRocket Male 30-39
    120 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm
    Um..



    My Pet Monster
  28. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    June 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    Ugly looking? Definitely. Racist? Only if you`re looking to get offended.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    June 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm
    I`m offended they even made these.
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    tinypok Female 18-29
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    June 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm
    I think the hi-vis downplays the racism. Could be stripes.
  31. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Adidas is stepping up their specialty market outreach.
    Here`s what they have for the asian kids





    And these are for the gay market share


  32. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm
    Hmm... wonder what it is like for a real slave sewing this together in a Chinese factory, making fake chains for western kids.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm
    No they`re not. I wish people would stop looking for racism.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    June 19, 2012 at 12:10 am
    Mmm... bondage...
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 12:24 am
    If they wanted to be modern and offensive they would use the house arrest collars.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 12:27 am
    interesting how fast so many people jump to the idea that racism does not ecist and that to see racism in something means they are "just looking for it"/

    some things are racist people...in fact many things are and a solid argument could be made for these shoes...though I cannot imagine these things are real.
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    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
    670 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 12:56 am
    Ha Ha! Anybody else reminded ofMy Pet Monster? I loved My Pet Monster, but these shoes are surely a joke?!
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    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
    670 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 12:57 am
    Lol @PopeRocket - just saw your post!
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    Shinymetal Male 18-29
    171 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 1:11 am
    Can ANYONE please explain to me how these shoes could possibly be racist? Since when have shackles equated to racism? I`ve seen some posts meant to stir up drama but this is just idiotic. Hey IAB could you make it a little more obvious how desperate you are for traffic?
  40. Profile photo of Langer
    Langer Male 18-29
    394 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 1:23 am
    Can ANYONE please explain to me how these shoes could possibly be racist?

    well you could go two routes with this...
    1. black guys run fast -> chain them down
    2. this is production line attire for the korean workshop where it was made
  41. Profile photo of I-Am-Goatse
    I-Am-Goatse Male 18-29
    165 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 2:07 am
    The shoes are not racist. They are not even self-aware, so how could they be racist. FFS people use your brains.
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
    930 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 3:41 am
    Yeah it is racist if you want to strive that hard to make it so. I mean you can look at this many ways. Blacks like high tops lets add some shackles and make them feel more comfortable! or hey I just got the new high tops with shackles so I don`t get my shoes hat and coat taken I just get the hat and coat taken under the assumption black people are always stealing shoes hats and coats and it goes on.

    The way I see them they are great in situations where you could potentially lose your shoe and not get it back. Extreme sports and amusement parks come to mind but whatever. I don`t care for them anyhow regardless of the true point of those crappy shackles.
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    Zuthilios Male 18-29
    110 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 4:24 am
    I think it`s you who`s racist for thinking only black people would wear shoes like these.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    June 19, 2012 at 4:47 am
    They look ridiculous.So I am betting blacks would wear these.
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    CCMA_19 Female 18-29
    311 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 4:56 am
    It`s only racist if you think it`s racist. I see them as ugly Avandt Garde sneakers.
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    GodDamnDevil Male 40-49
    164 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 5:17 am
    I dont think that the shackles have anything to do with slavery or corporate America chaining down the black community by marketing overpriced sweatshop produced footwear to an impoverished target audience, I think they just added the chains and restraints so you wouldn`t get your sneakers stolen from your unconscious body after being set upon by a wild pack of nig nogs out to steal your shoes.
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    Drjake Male 18-29
    28 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 5:18 am
    I hate people...
  48. Profile photo of PinkRhoid
    PinkRhoid Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 5:39 am
    I didn`t think of slavery, I thought of prison.
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    PhantomGh0st Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 6:04 am
    People relate everything to slavery.

    For example, in Atl they just banned bull hooks that are used to tame elephants because people are using them wrong. Some jackass referred to it similar to slavery.

    Nobody wants to be around you if everything is racist... chances are the people who believe everything is racist, probably only have friends who believe the same thing... because they are racists themselves.

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 6:20 am
    If these come out lets take a look at the demographics of the buyers.....
  51. Profile photo of PhantomGh0st
    PhantomGh0st Male 18-29
    261 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 6:30 am
    I`d buy them. I got a purple polo with the orange pony that these would match great with. Throw on a pair of black or black/purple jeans and were almost good to go.
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    sweetrebelnc Female 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 6:31 am
    Newsflash!!!! More than just slaves wore shackles. Racist, no. Stupid and ugly, yes.
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    bgdfbgfdo0fa Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 6:45 am
    <---- white guy) Love `em. I`d hella buy those. Things become racist when someone makes racist. I bet that there are many cultures working at Adidas. Ether in marketing or a store... ect
  55. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

    For sale to the Mexican marketshare,




    For the military crowd... I really like these

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    talon0325 Male 40-49
    382 posts
    June 19, 2012 at 7:06 am
    Yeah , and other nationalities never had to wear shakles either. How can something so stupid looking be racist? An overpriced shoe on a plastic chain with a velcro strap is butt ugly.Something else for the attention whores to brag about.It`s just a friggin` shoe.
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    marcus2 Male 13-17
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:32 am
    @Mikeoxsbiggg
    You didn`t need to specify that you`re white, because the fact that you used the word `hella` gave that away.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:33 am
    Racism. You`re doing it wrong.
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    Faelwen Female 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:34 am
    I can see how someone can be offended by them but to call them racist means they are saying that only a certain ethnicity wears Adidas shoes. They are really ugly shoes IMO and look terribly uncomfortable.

    I get that the slavery that went on here in America is much more recent than lets say the Jews being enslaved by the Egyptians but slavery still goes on today. It`s mainly in the form of human trafficking and I don`t see the president, celebrities or any other public figures getting all pissed about it and causing protests and marches. People are just looking for a reason to fight about racism because it`s such a hot topic right now.

    If we all stop making it a big deal then it wont be a big deal.
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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:40 am
    I think the idea that people would want to be seen wearing those is more insulting than any perceived racism.
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    bluevayero Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:45 am
    are they named something like "niggashoes"? or blackdidas? come on. ppl are getting too politically correct
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:51 am
    BenTheBug-"Adidas owns our soles."

    Gerry1of1-"And right on the heels of other good comments, too."

    What a Croc!

    jamie76-"many people jump to the idea that racism does not ecist"

    No one`s claimed that. Anyone who does is an idiot. Racism exists on all sides. But not as much as many huxters would have you believe. (REALLY liked the one where a black council member became `offended` when a white counicl member called city hall a `bureaucratic black hole`. He yelled (for the camera`s of course) "Why didn`t you call it a `white hole`?")

    jamie76-"they are "just looking for it"/"

    Many ARE `just looking for it`. Otherwise Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson wouldn`t have a way to make a living. And because they DO just look for it, they lessen the meaning of the term, and harm the chances of people overcoming it when it actually occurs.
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    Stardust6702 Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:03 am
    Eh, I suppose a little but you wanna guess which demographic is going to purchase these.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:12 am
    Oh! I was just about to write of comment when the TV news said they`ve been pulled from shelves. What a bunch of crap.
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    tsheriff Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:24 am
    not at all you can take the drating chains off
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    mamba Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:25 am
    All these puns..... something`s afoot.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:41 am
    I dare you white guys to wear them in a ghetto basketball court. I double dare you; one for each foot.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Racist? I`m a striaght-laced kinda guy but I am flip-flop on this toepic. I want to stay instep with the topic and not clog the conversation or start any spats. The comments you loafers have made are a croc & I think you should hold your tongue. They`re patently unfunny.

    I`m knot trying to start an aguement so don`t tread all over my comments.
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    June 19, 2012 at 8:44 am
    Only a racist person would think this was racist.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    June 19, 2012 at 9:22 am
    @Gerry1of1

    Good job, I count 12 puns (although I had already used Croc).

    Well done, sir.

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    pesche Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 10:20 am
    MY PET MONSTER!!!! NOT RACISM God damn ignorant drats.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    June 19, 2012 at 10:41 am
    I was thinking about the poor buggers who have to make these things. Thanks for reminding us of your working practices, shoe company.

    I doubt they ever intended to put them into production, just a marketing gimmick.
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    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 11:14 am
    Black people get offended if you walk by them. So who cares? Personally, I don`t give a drat, sell the damn sneakers. Piss off the ones who are offended by an orange chain that shackles them to their oppressive sneakers. The sneakers that got in their sneaker boat, sailed all the way to the black mans ghetto and forced the the black man to pay the big corporation to purchase the oppressive sneakers. Now the black man wears the oppressive sneakers and tightens the chains around his ankles to show everyone he is a slave to corporate America like everyone else...
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    i-am-evil Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    Reminds me of My Pet Monster

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    DShephard Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    Who says only black people can wear these shoes?
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    plastinum Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    Images it may conjure up aside the shoes are just fugly, who would really want to buy the stupid things anyways?
    It really doesn`t matter if ADIDAS ever made them or not...people can choose not to buy them and if no one buys them then ADIDAS will quit making them. Problem solved.
    As far as them being offensive to African- Americans because it conjures up images of slavery..sorry but so does the N word and it`s constantly used by the people who it offends. Maybe more importantly one would be hard pressed to find any culture or race of people that didn`t endure slavery at some time or another...even today there are slaves in the world. Sorry black folk, I`m usually on your side but I can`t see the logic in it that argument.
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    Penguinato23 Male 18-29
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    June 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    Also, isn`t it really equally as `racist` to stereotype users of the shoe like that? I mean, it shouldn`t be `racist` because not only black individuals are allowed to wear high top shoes.

    Of course pop culture seems to dictate that when you`re black the more absurd and over the top your outfit is the better, so these would fit the bill nicely, yet at the same time lots of people and african american advocacy groups teach that the first rule of operation on modern society is to never, ever give up an opportunity to get offended and/or outraged, so this will surely be a great dilemma for many young black males; do they *wear* the completely absurd looking shoes? Of course I shouldn`t act like there`s anything stopping people from doing both...
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    liabach Male 40-49
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    June 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    i`d gnaw my own feet off to get out of them

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