Recently, Nike came under major fire for their newest “Just Do It” campaign. They featured former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the face of the national anthem protests.
Nike’s ad included the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Many people took to social media to fire back at Nike for Kaepernick’s involvement in their commercial. Several people said that they should not have taken a political side and that Kaepernick did not actually sacrifice anything, especially when compared to veterans who have fought for our nation. This idea stemmed back to the view that kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful to those who have fought for our country.
Below is the full commercial:
Following Nike's 30th "Just Do It" campaign anniversary, many people began sharing about who they thought deserved to be the face of the campaign more than the former football player. Because they didn't believe that Kaepernick had actually sacrificed much, they began pointing out people who they thought really "believe[d] in something" and therefore "sacrifice[d] everything."
Last week, Mike Rowe said that he would have rather seen 9/11 hero Tom Burnett on the campaign. Rowe talked about Burnett's final heroic moments on earth and the final, inspiring conversation that he had with his wife before he died.
Now, many people are looking at another brand who included an NFL player in their latest commercial. This time, however, the brand is being cheered on for talking about someone who has undoubtedly worked extremely hard to get where he is at.
Over the weekend, Gillette released a commercial featuring Seattle Seahawks player Shaquem Griffin. The linebacker only has one hand. The commercial, shot more as a short film, tells the story of Griffin and his twin brother who worked hard throughout their lives to overcome obstacles and work their way to the NFL.
Below is the ad:
Though the commercial doesn't directly go against Nike's Kaepernick ad, many people compared the two because of the nature of the ads.
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