Knife Crime Nuggets #6: Is Nike actively encouraging knife crime?
You may have heard the news earlier this year that Nike's Air Stab footwear range has been withdrawn from shops in the UK because the media are obsessed with knife crime and anything which can be tenuously linked to knives if heinous and offensive. "Political correctness gone mad" etc. Well, hang on there a second, let's take a look at some more Nike products which may or may not encourage knife crime.
"Shank" sunglasses!? Am I reading this correctly? Sunglasses which can be used as "shanks"!? Oh no! That's disgraceful! Also, if you squint really hard the pointy end of the arm looks a bit like a (slightly blunt) knife.
The "Nike Considered Pocket Knife" trainer!? What a callous and despicably cunning name for a product. Can you see the real message behind the name of these shoes? It's basically telling teenagers: "Have you ever considered carrying a pocket knife in your shoe so you will be able to hide it from the police?" The blurb with the product also tries to disguise the fact it is promoting knife crime by pretending it has some benefits. "The ... Pocket Knife ... reduces solvent [ab]use." Oh, so it stops kids sniffing glue does it? How does it do that? By encouraging all the kids to kill each other so there is no one left to sniff glue? Yeah, thought so.
With this product Nike is pretty much telling people to attack girls. This is sick. They are telling people to hunt down girls and stab them. Nike is brainwashing our nation's innocent youth. Ban this filth. BAN THIS FILTH NOW! BAN IT!!!!!!!! BAAAANNNNN ITTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!