The egotistical manipulators at Nike have gotten one over on the nation again, creating controversy for the sole purpose of cashing in.
As I explained yesterday, the coming boycott will do little to affect the enormous corporation, whose products are created by sweat shop laborers in Asia at the rate of about $0.20 per hour in some cases. Choosing Colin Kaepernick, an unemployed athlete, as the face of their campaign is an obvious cry for attention from the sneaker giants, and more than a little offensive to Kaepernick as well.
Nike has essentially told Colin Kaepernick that his views can be bought and turned into a revenue generation tool for a company that would only cease to exist after an asteroid impact or other planet-changing mass extinction. Nike said, “hey, black man, let’s co-opt your beliefs so that we can both make money. You’re beliefs are worth about $3 million to us”.
It’s the disturbing reality of Nike’s ploy that no one wants to talk about. This is Nike wearing the skin of racial activism while simply perpetuating the idea that these men of conviction can be bought and used as entertainment. It’s gross, if we’re being honest.
Now, after a day of turbulence in the sneaker community, the President has chimed in as well.
Speaking with The Daily Caller Tuesday, Trump said that while he thinks Nike has just sent a “terrible message,” this is actually a powerful demonstration of the freedoms offered by the United States.
“I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent,” said Trump, a reference to Niketown New York.
“But I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it — maybe there’s a reason for them doing it — but I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it,” he said.
“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”
The President’s benevolence on the subject is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise hotly divided and anarchy-prone Washington DC, where midterm fever has democrats practically foaming at the mouth.