Nike Doesn’t Know Irish History, Releases Offensive Shoe

  • Nike, in honor of the the great drinking holiday that is St. Patrick’s Day, released a new shoe that they are calling The “Black & Tan” trainer. But apparently someone over at Nike doesn’t know Irish history. The name and the color scheme of the shoe has been deemed “insensitive’ for its reference (purposeful or not) to the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, who used violent and brutal tactics towards Irish citizens during their War of Independence in the 1920s. Critics have gone on to say that this is as offensive as if naming a shoe the “Al Qaeda.” Others defending Nike have said it’s just the color scheme of a Guinness, a popular Irish beer.

    What do you think? Do you think Nike should pull the shoe due to the potentially offensive nature? Or do you think this is reading too much into a shoe?