Give credit to Nike for still being able to shock America. On Labor Day, the popular shoe brand celebrated the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan with a controversial new commercial. The ad featured Colin Kaepernick, who’d become one of the most polarizing figures in sports by taking a knee during the national anthem.
By day’s end, social media was buzzing with reactions—not all good. Some were burning their shoes in protest. #Nikeboycott became a hashtag on Twitter. By Tuesday, Nike’s stock prices had dropped 3%. Most consumers were left wondering, “What was Nike thinking?” Whether they tweeted about it the next day or not, they found themselves gazing at their sneakers, forced to take sides. Should they stand with Nike, or join the boycotters?