Social media has been in an uproar since Nike revealed Colin Kaepernick as one of the faces of its new ad campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Just Do It.”
The former NFL star, who has become a symbol of social justice since taking a knee during the National Anthem in 2016, shared a photo of the campaign featuring his likeness to his Twitter account on Monday (September 3).
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” he wrote. “#JustDoIt.”
Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
Donald Trump enthusiasts and other detractors were outraged the retail behemoth unveiled the campaign on Labor Day. In an effort to boycott Nike, people started posting photos of themselves burning their Nike gear or simply cutting the logo out of their clothing.
Naturally, plenty of Twitter users took the opportunity to mock those boycotting the brand.
“I’m never wearing Nike again” pic.twitter.com/DXrrAwyjx7
— Jax Daddy (@OGJohnLee) September 3, 2018
However, it wasn’t without consequence. According to MSN, Nike stocks plummeted more than two percent since the ad was unveiled.
But, any ramifications from the Nike boycott hasn’t stopped Kaep’s supporters from being vocal about their stance.
Several members of the Hip Hop and R&B community got in on the action, including George Clinton, Chuck D, DJ Khaled, KXNG Crooked, CunninLynguists’ Kno, Blockhead and more.
Check out their reactions below.
Did’t know Bots wore Nikes
— George Clinton (@george_clinton) September 4, 2018
NFL yup… they tossed this mans career as they want NegroFrozenLips https://t.co/QsF7Ys6hPZ
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) September 4, 2018
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) September 4, 2018
What’s funnier than seeing a bunch of right wing people snowflake out about Nike. Seeing a bunch of neo-liberals cheer that company on like its Doctors Without Borders. Lol Great move by them though. Make the story about “Rebellion.” Kap doesn’t need to be validated by that.
— Immortal Technique (@ImmortalTech) September 4, 2018
— Kno (@Kno) September 3, 2018
😂😂😂 To Everybody Who Mad @ Nike…. 😂😂 U Mad U Big Mad!!!! 😂😂😂 #ColinKaepernick #Rock💎 #RockTour🔥 pic.twitter.com/TV7W0nrybe
— Plies (@plies) September 4, 2018
I know this isn’t rap talk but pic.twitter.com/yqMEN1POrr
— Crooked Icon (@CrookedIntriago) September 3, 2018
“Checks over Stripes…that’s what I like” ✊🏾✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿💯 #Nike
— Louie V Gutta (@LouieVGutta) September 4, 2018
Child please. They’ll be more than ok if you do and I’m sure they anticipated this foolery. #NikeBoycott
— Tevin Campbell (@tevincampbelll) September 4, 2018
I’ve pretty much only ever bought Nike’s my entire adult life (a few pair of adidas and new balance thrown in over the decades) cause I feel they make the coolest looking sneakers. The fact they now enrage some dumb conservative football fans is just a cherry on top.
— Blockhead (@BlockheadNYC) September 4, 2018
Believe in something ✔️✊ pic.twitter.com/2YuGCbNd3n
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) September 4, 2018
Source: Hip Hop DX