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June 19, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 87
They’re on entirely different ends of the spectrum when it comes to their connection to basketball sneakers, but both NBA Commissioner David Stern and flamboyant fashion designer Jeremy Scott have come under fire of late for expressing what some have criticized as crass and insensitive. In Stern’s case, the issue was a thought experiment that despite its intended context touched on a nerve; did J.Scott do the same with the shackle on his now nixed adidas Originals Roundhouse Mid ‘Handcuff’? Three Stripes asserts the ‘Handcuff’ “Is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery,” but the potential blowback is enough to take a stand here and now before the latest elaborate ObyO design arrived at retail.
It’s ironic that a shoe that garnered only a moderate buzz in its earliest previews (not to mention that the first comment here on Sneaker News in reference to this topic only came after the cancellation story broke) will now become immortal like the other sneakers stopped short of store shelves; but what happens to the Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals collaboration from here? Do you agree with the adi-assessment that Scott’s “quirky and lighthearted” style was misinterpreted, or will his future designs be even more polarizing thanks to this incident? Let us know what you think on the other side and stick with Sneaker News for all the latest developments. via Washington Post
It's a shame people were offended. When I see the shoe it reminds me of a prisoner. But we are all prisoners one way or another. Secondly, more importantly I'd like to think. It reminds me of a popular toy from my youth "my pet monster". That's personally what I think the designer was trying to represent seeing other shoes he's done. So really it's a shame they had to scrap the idea cause it offended a few simple minded people. Was slavery not a part of history in the 1980's? Yeah it was, people have just been tuned into "haters" in today's society. Maybe that's due to the rise of control from "Big Brother" the U.S. government. That's what happen's when The Prison Industrial Complex is one of the highest economic stimulus in a recessed or for better terms depressed nation. Thank you America.
First off lemme start by saying these are ugly as fuck. I fuck with Scott's work but not these & damn sure not for $350, that's slave money lol. & second off everyone shouldn't be such a politically correct overly sensitive pussy. Slave times are long over guys lol & I bet half the people that woulda bought these would have been young black males that wouldn't of thought twice.
I really can't understand how a shoe with a shackle that is a clear reference to Jeremy Scott's favorite cartoon "My Pet Monster" can be considered racist, or insensitive. YES I AM A BLACK MAN, but the level of stupidity regarding this sneaker, as well as his issue is ridiculous. I mean I love sneakers, and I actually think these are trash, but in no way shape or form was my initial reaction, "WOW, I cant believe he designed a shoe insensitive to slavery" O_o... We really should be much more intelligent in understanding that this is a shoe, and begin to figure out where the inspiration came from (my pet monster), and not jump to such ridiculous accusations for very silly reasons.
Get over it, go find yourself another cause, all these rich politically correct nimrods have a isssue with this but not a issue with sweat shop kids making there fancy clothes! Move on its 2012 people not 1874, honestly CRy me a river!
I don't see why people are tripping over it I mean the air Jordan 20s got a strap that goes around your ankle just like the adidas and no one said anything about that this is just adidas/ Jeremy Scotts way of expressing the brand and taking it to a new level
HONESTLY ALOT OF THE JORDAN RETROS SHOULD BE CANCELLED FOR THEIR LACK OF QUALITY ISSUES LOL. WHY CANCEL THESE? FORGET RACISM AND CONTROVERSY.
If your black and buy these shoes go head but a knife!!!!! Walking around with shackles on your feet shame on ya
@killa jay thats one of the best comments ive read in a long time and you actually knew what you were talking about
I find it funny that Adidas scrapped this for implied racism complaints when the creator of Adidas was a Nazi. The irony.
I'm black and I never found these offensive. I hate when self-proclaimed black "leaders" play the race card any opportunity they get. I'm a free thinker...I don't need a "leader'. Furthermore slavery is not exclusive to black folks...slavery is exclusive to humans. It's like if we (black folk) keep crying wolf no one will listen when it's actually important. I could see if the sneaker had an image of a black foot printed on it then that would be racist but they're just f*cking sneakers. Same thing with the Black & Tan SB Dunks. I'm gone. greedom1@twitter greedom.tumblr.com greedomworldwide@instagram
I'm black and I never found these offensive. I hate when self-proclaimed black "leaders" play the race card any opportunity they get. I'm a free thinker...I don't need a "leader'. Furthermore slavery is not exclusive to black folks...slavery is exclusive to humans. It's like if we (black folk) keep crying wolf no one will listen when it's actually important. I could see if the sneaker had an image of a black foot printed on it then that would be racist but they're just f*cking sneakers. Same thing with the Black & Tan SB Dunks. I'm gone.
does anyone know what he was thinking when he made it? like where did he pull inspiration from or what was it based off of i would like to know instead of assuming
To me they are just shoes with a different style that just goes to show that society cant accept anything new really and yea im black and i see so reference to slavery at all
People need to stop being so closed minded. They need to stop being so easily offended, i GUARANTEE that is not why jeremy scott made these shoes. i mean they aren't the nicest but its fucking ART! Jeremy Scott will always bring a new design to the table and i think its stupid that the media and the easily offended pieces of shit got this shoe banned
Jeremy Scott was a failure as a designer long before these shoes came along. Adidas should end their partnership with him. He sucks.
I am all for a person being creative, but he should know better. Those shoes are an insult to Jews, Blacks, etc. Blacks were not the only people saying these shoes should be scrapped. I hate how this country allows Art to be an scrape/escape goat for stupidity. Just because you wrap BS up and put a pretty bow on it and call it Art doesn't mean people should ignore it. It is still BS!
he just takes an adidas model and adds something bizzare to it. this man is an idiotic genius. I hate him but i applaud him for taking advantage of these senseless hipsters.
wow, what a stretch! people are idiots... i say we protest the banning of the shoe just to spite those who would even make such an absurd, ludicrous claim...... some people just don't deserve a voice. what's next?!?! how about cut down every tree in existence because the cross jesus was nailed to was made of wood... or how about a ban on any matter in gaseous form, because millions of jews were killed in gas chambers during the halocaust....
This is so dumb. I wanted this shoe. It has nothing to do with slavery. It is inspired by My Little Monsters (I think) and it was a rad design/colorway. maybe not to rock, but it was still badass. Anyway, this is bullisht.
This was actually the only shoe from that preview I gave the time of day of all the ugly shoes he has made of course they would pick the decent one to pick on
This is aimed @ Payton and @ La_ Chateaux plus any other "lame" wanna be sneaker heads/ hypebeast out there. These shoes are a symbol of slavery period. I don't care who ancesters where slaves, but here in America you know who were slaves in this country. And personally if you are white or any race other than African American wearing these shoes Im gonna make your face cave in. You are basically gonna be smelling the back of your neck. Then if you are black wearing these shoes I'm gonna scream " you ignorant mutha@#$$%, and chop your leg off. Cause its obvious that you are lame and want attention. I will make it so that you get.
When a shoe design stirs up more controversy than all the messed up things that's going on in the world than we got more work to do
These are ugly. Point blank. Jeremy Scott needs to retire. Bones & Wings were his only good creations. He's getting out of hand.
My first thought was Snoop Dogg the rapper not really slavery cus of the Laker colors and dog like collar.lol... And YES I am a Black man...but I could see where the idea can be viewed as negative. I doubt that was J. Scott's true intention. People are sensative and sometimes look for reasons to be outraged. Probably a good thing to scrap this sample to avoid the drama.
so Nike can have people rampaging shooting (every 11 release) stabbing (electric blue foam release dc) trampling over little kids caught in the crossfire and not do anything to fix the problem but make it worse by making things more limited hyped and hard to get an no one speaks up but poor old adidas collabs with someone to make crazy sneakers as a way of art and everyone gets butthurt because they think they are making fun of blacks during slavery (as if they were the only ones to ever wear shackles).
do people really think a corporate global company is that stupid to produce something in reference to slavery? of course not, jeremy scott also makes the wings and panda shoe should we call PETA as well? and majority of those people yelling about adidas will never get another dollar from them only buy shoes probably once a year and from outlets so Adidas will feel a pinch but not that much. minds are still stuck on the dark history of America and the reference to the shackle.
Who would expect someone as simple minded as you? To respect a designer/artist for thinking out the box. Art a scape goat, that's the stupidest thing I've herd in a long time.
I agree with the sentiment that people were overreacting, but saying that some people don't deserve a voice is, I think, a very misguided outlook to have. This is America, and that means free speech for everyone, even if you don't agree with them.
Someone as sensitive as you has no place calling themselves "Triple OG". Simple minded, ignorant child.
Yeah when i first saw these i was thinking it was a dog collar staying with the rest of Jeremy Scott crazy animal sneakers. I dont want really like any Jeremy scott sneakers besides the wings ones but it stupid to cancel a sneaker just because people are mad about something they dont pay attention to normally
Thank you. I guess Martins think a like. I think intelligent black and white people embrace that dark past as a struggle that this country and the 2 peoples have slowly, but eventually overcome. Yes there are still incidents of racism, but I don't think this was one of them. White people should be sensitive to the past, but in this case, I think this was just a wacky NY designer tryin to create something provocative like his other ridiculous shoes.
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