Sportswear giant Adidas has apologized for "promoting slavery" with their 'shackle' sneakers.

Defending the shoe's designer, Jeremy Scott, as having a "quirky" and "lighthearted" style, Adidas said Monday that it planned to cancel the shoe's release.

"The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery," the statement said. "We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."

The JS Roundhouse mids featured the LA Lakers' orange and purple colors with orange cuffs links at the ankles similar to the shackles worn by Africans during the lucrative slavery trade in the south.

Activists and consumers expressed rage at the insensitive promotional photos, which are still posted on Adidas' Facebook page.

"I literally froze up when I saw a new design from Adidas set to hit stores in August," said Dr. Boyce Watkins in a post for the website Your Black World.

Dr. Boyce blamed the U.S. school system for diminishing the emphasis on slavery in modern history books -- "all so you'd be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it."

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson said "The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive."


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    • Flawless

      I bet they did :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJhiXwv1Ub4&list=FLlgHK4lBl01neN2Vw5aPPbg&index=1&feature Mother Jefferson

      :yawn: :coffee: << sips tea until Love and Hip Hop post :kona:

    • Daisy

      The shoes are just ugly to me :shrug:

      Good Morning :waves:

    • missmiami

      the shoes are cute minus the chain.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

      designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery,” the statement said.

      So, So... So DID Jeremy go on in FURTHER DETAIL about WTF His "outrageous and unique take on fashion" actually MEANT Though :|

      Just GIVE a Satisfactory EXPLANATION of what "THE CHAIN-LINKS" Mean Though (And KEEP It Moving...) :coffee:

    • NaijaGal

      They should've just removed the shackles...Jesse needs to stfu, can't stand his ass

      Daisy :waves:

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      That's nice I guess.

      Bring on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta!

    • prynsexxx

      :whip:

      :cosign: with @Missmiami

      Sits in the :kona: with @MotherJefferson

      Morning EVERYBODY!

    • lovezoe

      Question: my mom and I were talking about Bosh and his BM. She said that no reason she should be on food stamps.i agree. I also think the mom is being spiteful. The lawyer said the baby got s diamond pacifier. My mom said if Bosh really wanted his daughter to go to France, he would pay for mom. I say BS. Mom thought she was gone get a free trip. What y'all think?

    • GAGIRL87

      I don't have time for much today :coffee:

      Sandra :stop: playing and give me a L&HHA post please I experienced so many emotions watching this chit from :blink: :no: :nono: :spank: :mad: :smack: :( :think: you get the point :kona:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

      @Mother Jefferson @Bird @pryn
      SMDH at Y'all Though :nono: :|

      But I KNOW Y'all SR LADIES are going to GO IN Though :lol:

      Ohh And MORNING to Everybody !!! :coffee:

    • GAGIRL87

      missmiami says:

      the shoes are cute minus the chain.

      _________________________________________________________

      I think so too! Hey Miami :hi:

    • Daisy

      @Naija Hey girl. How are you.

      I didn't watch Love n Hip Hop ATL and I LOVE ratchet reality tv shows but the cast didn't appeal to me :coffee:

      Toya tweeted a FINE azz pic of Memphitz :hump:

    • GAGIRL87

      Oh GM all :hi:

    • lovezoe

      They say on Twitter ATL is really like that...

    • lovezoe

      Daisy- wonder was she being messy since they say he used K. Michelle as a pinching bag.

    • Flawless

      Good Morning :waves:
      Daisy, Mother Jefferson,Missmiami,Elove,Najigal,Bird, Prynsexxx,Lovezoe, Gagirl87 & everyone else

    • NaijaGal

      Chris Bosh ended up knocking her up in the right state TEXAS...TX has strict guidelines and a cut off when it comes to child support...her bad

    • GAGIRL87

      Flawless :hi:

    • lovezoe

      Morning my lovely peeps! :waves:

    • Trendsetter

      Ummm Love and Hip Hop was drama filled last night....

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJhiXwv1Ub4&list=FLlgHK4lBl01neN2Vw5aPPbg&index=1&feature Mother Jefferson

      :dead: @GAGIRL87

      Flawless pryn everyone :2dance:

    • GAGIRL87

      @ Zoe it isn't a reason that girl should be on food stamps and the sad part is she had a job until she got laid off, she wasn't just sitting round doing nothing & collecting a child support check. I have no respect for Chris Bosh but don't worry KARMA is a bitch :coffee:

    • Trendsetter

      Morning all :waves:

    • GAGIRL87

      :dead: @ Mother Jefferson gravi "IN THAT ORDER" in my Mama Dee voice :lol:

    • http://wineandgummybears.blogspot.com/ gypsyeyes

      Good Morning Roses!

      Sorry I fell asleep on my twitter peeps!

    • kingstonn

      Jesse Jackson will issue a statement about the discontinuing of the McRib at McDonald's. :yawn: besides, how much you wanna bet dudes would still buy those sh-ts?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

      @NaijaGal @GAGIRL87 @lovezoe
      MY Bigger Question regarding Ms. BOSH "Baby-Mama" is WTF was she doing F-ing Chris Bosh to BEGIN WITH Though... OHHH That's Right (Becuz he was a Professional NBA Baller Though...) :|

      If MS. BOSH worked for the Post Office She wouldn't have DARED or EVEN Thought About getting with THAT DL DUDE Though (NO?!!?) :coffee:

    • GAGIRL87

      @ Elove I thought they meet when they were in high school and continued dated in college :think:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaAd8OuwwPk bnatural

      Morning yall! :waves:

      Anyone else see that GHETTO Love and Hip Hop show last night? :popcorn:

      Twitter was ablaze over that show....

    • GAGIRL87

      *continued dating in college*

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

      :ontopic: :rollseyes:

      :dead: @Mother Jeff's gravi

      gm ROSES!! :waves: <---Mama Scrappy debut CD

    • lovezoe

      My mom said CS should be half, so can Allison not live off 5200(Bosh pays 2600).

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAzGSRdTGgA&feature=player_embedded AWESOME

      They could've just called them the "My Pet Monster" sneakers and ran with that.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      Oh Daisy. You got to see that thang. It takes triflin to a whole new level. And I'm praying Memphitz don't snap on Tpya.

    • lovezoe

      Bnatural- oh that was ratchet

    • Ms. YaYa

      Good Morning All :wave:
      ELove :rolleyes:

      Bosh is paying child support which is supposed to take care of the child not the mother. How do we even know she told Bosh about her financial situation and the fact that she was going to have to ask for government assistance :shrug:

    • kingstonn

      *rubs hands*
      love & hip hop was... so damn funny.

      is k Michelle really talking about memphitz?
      scrappy couldn't give his baby momma more money to get out the projects?
      momma dee and her massengil comment absolutely killed me. :rofl:
      in that order.. :lol:

    • GAGIRL87

      @ YaYa you think he woulda helped???? :shrugs: :blink:

    • lexdiamonz

      those shoes remind me of that old skool song ... shackles on my feet won't let me dance... WTF hmm wonder if kanye will get a pair... LOL

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

      wait. WHAT? :blink: Bosh BM on public assistance??? :stop: the madness!

      i say what i had SAID was, was GM ROSES!!!! :coffee:

    • Gigi26

      :waves: Heeey Everybody.

      Now I have truly seen it all after last night :no:

      Mona should really cancel that shyt cuz babyyyyyyyy....

    • GAGIRL87

      Steve J his mistress and wife situation is a hot daymn mess who signs up agreeing to be on a show TOGETHER with your husband and his mistress :rolleyes:

    • candibfly

      awesome :shakebutt:

      fayla :wave: <--- various youtube channels on whatever technique u told me about yesterday, i forgot the name already :(

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaAd8OuwwPk bnatural

      lovezoe says:

      Bnatural- oh that was ratchet
      --------------------------------

      We need a new word for that show :thinking:

      Ratchet is almost an understatement.....

      Diamond betta watch her back...Momma D ain't playin'

    • Ms. Everything

      Love I'm kinda with you. I mean with the amount of child support he's gotta be paying (cause as much as they drag each other to court there has to be a support agreement in place) there's no way she should be qualified to live on food stamps. Then again, maybe this is her way of getting more support outta him. I'm thinking she didn't get broke off like so many other women who've birthed celeb kids and therefore she's gonna humiliate him until she does :shrugs:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

      kingstonn says:

      *rubs hands*
      love & hip hop was… so damn funny.

      is k Michelle really talking about memphitz?
      scrappy couldn’t give his baby momma more money to get out the projects?
      momma dee and her massengil comment absolutely killed me. :rofl:
      in that order.. :lol:

      i laughed SO DAMN HARD @ that fuggin massengil comment tho!! :rofl:

    • lovezoe

      Fay :waves:

    • GAGIRL87

      And Mama Dee know daymn well she didn't have that house UNTIL that Love & HipHop check cleared the bank THAT'S why the chit was EMPTY. Sandra you hit the nail on the head ALL this chit is FAKE :coffee:

    • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

      :rolleyes: I GUESS.. I DIDNT TAKE IT AS "SLAVERY" ITS JUST ANOTHER FUKN SHOE FAB THAT COMES AND GOES :shrug: ONLY REASON NOT TO RELEASE THEM IS THEY FUGLY! BUT I BET SOMEBODY WOULD BUY THEM.. :coffee:
      MORNING SR PEOPLE

    • NaijaGal

      FAYLA :kiss:

      Child support is based on each state's statute...there's a cut off in TX and unless she can convince the court otherwise, she's stuck with the $2600

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAzGSRdTGgA&feature=player_embedded AWESOME

      Candi!!!! :kiss: :lust:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

      :rofl: candi u so damb IGNIT tho! i was :rofl: thinkin about u askin if shingling was a damn dance. u got issues babe! did u try it yet? :rofl:

    • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

      KINGSTON :hi: PURRTY GRAVI **MUMBLES** AS FAWKN ALWAYZ OL PURRTY BISH! :lol:

    • candibfly

      no fayla but i'm gonna wash it again after i work out tonight, hopefully it won't turn out a big curly mass *shingles* :dance:

    • Gigi26

      Love and Hip Hop ATL shows the world what people will do for that almighty dollar. I don't feel sorry for Mimi's ass either. Talkin bout you been with that nigga 15 years. No bytch he been fukking you and sleeping over for 15 years...That shyt was really sad. I can take ratchet, but that shyt reminded me of some straight to DVD/Master P movie nonsense turned into a reality show.

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

      Awesome! :hug:
      NAIJA :kiss: gm sessy, what it do babes?
      ZoeZoe :waves: <---my fave twitter list that u're on
      bnat
      Bird
      Gigi

    • Ms. YaYa

      @ GaGirl Yes, but that's just me. I like to give everybody the benefit of the doubt (until you prove me wrong) but if he DID know her circumstances , that is a whole different situation :shotsfired:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

      @GAGIRL87
      I Dunno... I remember Bosh from Georgia Tech & He ONLY PLAYED one year there and then Went Pro :shrug:

      But Bosh SUGAR-TANK has ALWAYZ BEEN Over-Flowing Though :coffee:

    • candibfly

      fayla have u heard of the term plopping? :waiting:

      where do they come up with these names

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAzGSRdTGgA&feature=player_embedded AWESOME

      Fayla, Eva :hug:

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      Chris Bosh is a loser, but I'll save my rant for the actual post if it appears.

    • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

      AWSOME :hug:

    • kingstonn

      lakes bew :hug:
      i thought i saw you at Walgreens yesterday but that wasn't you.
      i almost went up to that poor lady like ADRI! :rofl:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Morning everyone I think I will chill in this post :hug:

    • http://wineandgummybears.blogspot.com/ gypsyeyes

      Is my shyt white?????

    • GAGIRL87

      56

      Gigi26 says:

      Love and Hip Hop ATL shows the world what people will do for that almighty dollar. I don’t feel sorry for Mimi’s ass either. Talkin bout you been with that nigga 15 years. No bytch he been fukking you and sleeping over for 15 years…That shyt was really sad. I can take ratchet, but that shyt reminded me of some straight to DVD/Master P movie nonsense turned into a reality show.

      _____________________________________________________________________

      Get out my head :lol:

      Maya Angelou said it best 'The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them. :coffee:

    • GAGIRL87

      Ms. YaYa says:

      @ GaGirl Yes, but that’s just me. I like to give everybody the benefit of the doubt (until you prove me wrong) but if he DID know her circumstances , that is a whole different situation
      _____________________________________________________________________

      Chit is sad all around the girl is about to lose her home to forclosure :no: I hope NOW that he knows he helps her in some way....

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      I saw folks talm bout Love and Hip hop and how it made women look bad, funny hmph ! :rolleyes: them same female act just like them ratchett Muck ducks on that show, and all of em dating a Stevie J's :coffee:

    • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

      KINGSTON :lol:

    • kingstonn

      wasn't Stevie J the dude in the Eve sex tape? :think:

    • lovezoe

      Fay- where my likkA?

    • Daisy

      @lovezoe Yep she said F what u heard they don't make'm like him anymore and attached the pic and he was lookin good as hell. I don't know if he did or didn't beat K Michelle but WHY doesn't she call his name vs saying "music excutive"

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

      @jenie (Comment #69) :rofl: :rofl:

    • NaijaGal

      Kingstonn :yes: that's him...I'm confused on how she agreed to let her daughter be named Eva :nono:

    • NaijaGal

      Daisy - #73 to avoid a possible suit to the show and her

    • Daisy

      @Kingston Yep that's him

    • lexdiamonz

      kingstonn says:

      wasn’t Stevie J the dude in the Eve sex tape?

      I thought so AND was he not ENGAGED to Whoopi's daughter so HOW THE HELL she been dating him for 15 years??? is the peen THAT good???

    • lovezoe

      What Naja said.

    • kingstonn

      @ lex
      he sure was! but mimi said the "dck ain't making her do cartwheels" but it sure is allowing her ass to be disrespected on the daily.
      that whole club scene was trife. :no:

    • lexdiamonz

      @ kingston I THOUGHT that was him LOL ... i was like 15 years .... she stupid ... ATL chicks will ride for their man *side-eye* ...

      ATTENTION : lil scrappy baby moms (in my most sincere care about you, hood girl friend in your head voice).......your man SLEPT with BUCKEEY!!! i'd advise you to get a penicillin shot..

    • free

      like derrick boazman said, where are the swastika shoes?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

      Ms YaYa
      Regarding YOUR :rolleyes:

      I DON'T Like or Respect OBVIOUS DL DUDES Though... They're POISONING The Puzzy-Content IMO :coffee:

    • free

      oh i was all in the wrong post....

      miami herald says "In her first interview about the legal battle that Bosh and former live-in galpal Allison Matthis have been waging in three states, Matthis' lawyer says Orlando resident Matthis was laid off from her gig as a secretary in a construction company and this week applied for federal food assistance"

      secretary in a construction company though? her maw is in politics; couldn't she get her daughter a better gig? construction is dead.

    • Ms. YaYa

      @ ELove :hug:

    • West Coast Chick

      I was thinking more on the lines of a prisoner rather than a slave :shrugs: