1. THE BEST OF RACISM: Cancelled Adidas Shackle Sneaker Not Inspired By Slave Chains But a Lovable ’80s Toy?

    As previously reported, the uproar over the Adidas’ JS Roundhouse Mids with Shackles — which featured chains many consumers have closely associated with images of slavery — led the shoe company to cancel its plans to put the sneakers on the market later this year. Now comes a New York Observer piece that argues that the Jeremy Scott -designed sneakers were, in fact, meant to conjure an association of something far more innocent: ’80s toys/cartoons. In this post by Foster Kamer , My Pet Monster , the plush doll turned direct-to-video movie/animated TV show is cited as the actual inspiration for the chained-up design. Aww – that cute monster doesn’t look racist at all! (Whatever their inspiration, though, the sneakers still come off suspect.) With the single monster theory thus presented – what do you think?

    (My Pet Monster photo from hockey frilla blog )

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