Jeremy Scott Adidas 'shackles' shoe pulled in response to slavery controversy
Though the design has been released for a while, this week, a buzz began on social media as consumers began to complain that the shoes evoked images of slavery. "Any designer that's nostalgic for slavery will Never have my support," said one commenter.
Scott has insisted that the shoes were not inspired by slavery at all, but by the '90s toy "My Pet Monster," a scary-looking blue stuffed animal creature that came with its own shackles.
The shoes -- actually called the JS Roundhouse Mids -- are being touted as "Adidas slave shackle kicks" by Twitter critics.
In response to the controversy, Adidas has announced that they no longer plan to sell the shoes.
"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. Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace," the company says in a statement.
For his part, Scott has simply been retweeting every fan who stands up for him and tells the internet that he is not, in fact, a racist.