A web-based petition with practically 15,000 signatures asks Nike to recall its Nike Air Max 270 shoe, saying the brand resembles the phrase Allah in Arabic and “will certainly be trampled, kicked and turn out to be dirty with mud and even filth.”
The Change.org petition, created by an individual named Saiqa Noreen within the U.Ok., says it’s “outrageous and appalling of Nike to permit the identify of God on a shoe.”
“That is disrespectful and intensely offensive to Muslim’s and insulting to Islam,” Noreen writes within the petition.
The Air Max 270, which lately went on sale in new colours, retails for $150 and options “AIR MAX” stamped into the only real. The design makes a part of the brand seem like the phrase Allah in Arabic, petitioners contend.
Nike didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark. A spokesperson advised Immediately Type that the brand on the shoe is “a stylized illustration of the Air Max model.”
“Nike respects all religions and we take considerations of this nature severely,” the spokesperson stated in an announcement. “The AIR MAX emblem was designed to be a stylized illustration of Nike’s AIR MAX trademark. It’s supposed to replicate the AIR MAX model solely. Every other perceived which means or illustration is unintentional.”
This isn’t the primary time the athletic firm’s merchandise have stirred controversy, Noreen’s petition factors out.
Nike recalled sneakers that includes the same emblem in 1997 and stated it had tightened logo-design scrutiny, the petition says. Nike apologized on the time and donated $50,000 for a playground at an Islamic college within the U.S.
“So why has the same design been accepted?” the petition asks. “We urge Nike to recall this blasphemous and offensive shoe and all merchandise with the design emblem resembling the phrase Allah from worldwide gross sales instantly.”