Adidas is trying to quell an international sh*tstorm after pics of its new JS Roundhouse Mids sneakers were posted to Facebook late last week. ”Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” asks the tagline.
Facebook commenters accused the shoes of being offensive to African-Americans because the shackles evoke imagery of slavery.
“Adidas, you should be ashamed of yourselves. The mockery of oppression that has not been overcome,” one Facebook user wrote.
“Slavery isn’t a fashion example,” said another. “Everyone involved in this show should be fired ASAP! This is the new reason I won’t buy any Adidas anymore!”
A spokeswoman for Adidas responded with a statement: ”Jeremy Scott is renowned as a designer whose style is quirky and lighthearted and his previous shoe designs for Adidas Originals have, for example, included panda heads and Mickey Mouse. Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful.”
The shoes are due out in August.
In copywriter-turned-photographer Marcos Minuchin’s Recession Army, classic comic book and Star Wars characters pose as out-of-work veterans pleading for any work they can get.
Don’t miss the rest of the series, in addition to the similarly themed Secret Life of Toys.
Drunk man with kitten refused entry to strip club; repeatedly calls 911
This incident occurred on June 5th but only now is it coming to light, and let me tell you, it is a doozy: a drunk man in Florida tried to take a newborn kitten into a strip club. He was denied entry and was called a cab. He refused to tell the cab driver anything and called 911 on the strip club. The cops arrived and told him he was drunk and causing a disturbance. He kept calling 911. The cops arrested him and took the kitten away.
All because he wanted to see some breasts while petting a cat. That’s practically the kind of “pursuit of happiness” idea that this country was based upon! This Obama government is taking away our basic American rights. If a guy can’t look at some titties and pet a purring, furry animal at the same time then I just don’t know what this nation is coming to. What kind of social injustice is that when you can’t pet a kitten while looking at some sweet, sweet Floridian boobage?
Claudia Hammond: ‘Your memories are made to be reliably unreliable’
This article was taken from the July 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired’s articles in print before they’re posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.
We might well curse our memories when they let us down. But we might also be shocked by the results of the decades of work by the psychologist Elizabeth Loftus showing how easy it is to implant false memories into our minds, whether of kissing giant frogs or meeting Bugs Bunny at Disney World Manchester. We might worry about what it means for justice if an eyewitness can be so easily swayed by a leading question.
But there’s a good reason for the fallibility of our memories. It allows us to time-travel mentally, at will, in the opposite direction — into the future.
After more than a century of systematic research into the way our memories work, psychologists are turning their attention to the way we imagine what’s coming. The most significant finding is the degree to which future thinking relies on our memory for the past.
Sued: The Oatmeal’s charity recipients, by FunkyJunk’s lame lawyer
Sky-high: The cost of raising a child
A map of all the countries, made from all their coins.
This is the world without the Internet.
How a terminal cancer misdiagnosis ruined a couple’s life.
Most Internet trolls are trolls in real life, too.
Will cookbooks go extinct? One Slate writer argues yes.
Lara Croft will be threatened with sexual assault in the latest Tomb Raiderrelease.
From HERE (much more good art there)
Originally posted 2012-06-18 18:52:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter