When you buy a ticket for the Woke Intersectional Express, sometimes you find the train stops at unscheduled stations.
Nike upsets muslims who claim the design of a new show looks a bit like the Arabic script for Allah.
Muslims urge Nike to recall shoes with logo some say resembles word Allah
Saiqa Noreen, who created the Change.org petition demanding that the footwear and apparel brand remove the Nike Air Max 270 from store shelves, said the symbol on the bottom of the shoe “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth.”
“It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslims and insulting to Islam. Islam teaches compassion, kindness and fairness towards all,” he continued.
Ok, I’m pretty sure I can find some verses of the Koran that contradict that last assertion but please do tell me more about your reasonable demands.
It urges Nike to review the rest of its product line too, and to recall any merchandise with logos that resemble the word Allah.
“We also request stricter scrutiny of products before they enter the market,” the petition read.
Who gets to decide what “resembles” means?
Some of the petition’s signatories included their personal reasons for signing — with most saying they thought the Nike design was “disrespectful” and “offensive” toward their religion, and that they are owed an apology from the sportswear giant.
How does an apology to the believers help? It’s Allah who’s apparently been slighted, surely?
In fact if you’re a follower of Allah, recall that “Islam” means “submission” or “surrender“. It would seem a bit late in the process to be looking for apologies once you’ve agreed to submission.
Nike did not return CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment.
Strange…. one would have thought the team who came up with the Colin Kaepernick campaign would be all over this like a cheap suit, surely?
Ibrahim Hooper, director of communications for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, declined to take a position on the issue, saying that the organization is in ongoing discussions with Nike.
“It’s obvious that some people perceive it as a slight. Whether is actually is or not, that still doesn’t get rid of the perception of some people,” Hooper told CBS MoneyWatch.
In other words, “oh fucking hell, how are we ever going to convince everyone we aren’t loons and murderous psychos when idiots get upset about a squiggly line on sports shoes?”
He suspects that any offense caused by Nike was inadvertent.
As opposed to what, a bunch of marketing execs sitting in a room whiteboarding ways to piss off the jihadis?
Compare and contrast the media response to the occasional reports of poor Catholic peasants who discover the face of Jesus on burnt toast or half an orange.
Ridicule? Pity at best, as this example illustrates.
One wonders how those brave Buzzfeed journalists battling the forces of evil are reporting this latest “Allah on a shoe” rubbish?
Well, we will keep wondering as there’s nothing on their website when one searches for the story.
Voltaire didn’t say this, an actual neo-Nazi (as opposed to just someone who didn’t vote for Hillary) did, but it’s quite pertinent nonetheless;
To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?