People are starting to tire of all the inappropriate protesting going on. After Nike announced the new face of the Just Do It campaign will be former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, folks began acting all kinds of crazy, with antics such as cutting up their clothes and burning their shoes.
Nike gave us this:
And this was how some people responded:
— John Rich (@johnrich) September 3, 2018
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? pic.twitter.com/4CVQdTHUH4
— Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) September 3, 2018
Good thing Amber Ruffin, writer for The Late Show with Seth Meyers, was on hand to sent things right.
Ruffin wasn’t saying there is anything wrong with protesting. She simply suggested there is a time and a place, and posting videos on social media of burning shoes out in public has no place in civilized society.
“Late Night” writer Amber Ruffin has expertly turned the words of anti-Kaepernick protesters against them. https://t.co/3BgiYLqknV
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 5, 2018
Twitter users agreed.
Historians will be confused with this era in our history. I believe they will struggle to understand why people overlooked the challenges facing a nation in crises, but instead set their shoes on fire and recorded them.
— kredenchel (@kredenchel) September 5, 2018
— Patrice Swanson (@SwansonPatrice) September 5, 2018
Preach. ❤️✌ ❤️✌
— Coops (@niaecooper_nia) September 5, 2018
— Séamus Mac Póilín (@BogSiar) September 5, 2018
Other folks on Twitter had some words for the Nike protesters.
“Immediately, people began posting pictures of socks and shoes they had defaced or destroyed, or declaring they would be soon switching allegiances to Adidas, Brooks or Converse. (Nevermind that Nike owns Converse.).”
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 5, 2018
How much hatred do you have to have within your heart to burn your own Nike apparel? Just because one black guy took a knee to peacefully protest white supremacy and police brutality? People are laughing, but this isn’t funny. Our nation is at a crossroads, and it’s scary.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 4, 2018
REAL NEWS: Your stupid protests are racist and having no impact whatsoever! NIKE STOCK IS SORING. YOU’RE LOSING. HAHAHAHAHAHA. pic.twitter.com/kXQx66kKGc
— Jason Pollock (@Jason_Pollock) September 5, 2018
People really out here destroying their @Nike products over the Kaepernick ad? What are you mad about? Peaceful protest? Equality? Black lives mattering? Fair policing? Youth being protected? Stop making this about something it's not. Evaluate your minds. pic.twitter.com/BRIlj437NB
— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) September 4, 2018
— K Rose (@Kourtney_Rose) September 5, 2018
Perhaps a strongly-worded letter would be more appropriate in the future.