1. VIDEO: Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine - "Ugly Shoes and Good Intentions."


    Now that the dust has settled on the Adidas JS Roundhouse Mids shackle design controversy , Jay Smooth takes a moment to chime in on the topic with his customary clarity. Specifically, why the notion that Jeremy Scott's design may have been inspired by My Pet Monster and not slave/prison imagery doesn't absolve the design or Adidas of criticism (as some will have you think). Jay: "Intentions do always matter - but intentions are never the only thing that matters." More jewelz, after the jump...

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    • Mike Nice

      If shackles are now automatically associated with slavery regardless of the context, then I assume that the scene in Frankenstein where the monster is shackled to the table also promotes slavery.

    • DJ Regular

      I must've missed the part in Frankenstein where the monster was known to be marketed to and targeted at black folks.

      Anytime somebody talks about race, there's always going to be three or four people to jump up and be proud of how hard they either miss the point, or how much they don't want to have the conversation.

    • Audiologist

      Are these shoes specifically marketed to black people? Seems to me that they are marketed to everybody. Slaves were not shackled to their shoes, their feet were shackled together. This is more like when the guy with the nuclear codes has a briefcase shackled to his wrist.

      All that said, if you see slavery when you see these shoes then that's your viewpoint and who is to say that's wrong? However, suggesting that these shoes are somehow racist is way off base. It's more like "bad idea" like when Chevy tried selling its "Nova" cars in Spanish-speaking countries. Still, I have to wonder how many people immediately thought of slavery when they saw these shoes, and how many made a connection only after the media turned this into the fake controversy of the week.