Posts Tagged ‘Henry Abbot’

Are the Words the Weapons?

July 30, 2008

One of the controversial Nike ads hung at the West 4th station

If you’ve been following the business section of the news lately, you may have heard about the firestorm Nike stirred up with its ad campaign for the release of the new (and supposedly revolutionary) basketball sneaker the Nike Hyperdunk (I want a pair — any givers for a broke Grad School Student?).

A brief summary for those who don’t feel like following the link: Nike’s ad campaign shows tightly cropped, staged pictures of one player dunking over/on another, with the dunker obviously sporting his Hyperdunks. The controversy lies in the fact that the player getting dunked on has the the dunker’s crotch in his face. Each picture has its own slogan, like “That Ain’t Right” for example.

Many people are claiming that the ads play on homophobia, a rampant problem in the world of sports.

Many others are claiming that the homophobia is not the intent of nor is it inherent in the ad, and that people are merely digging for something to dispute.



Kind of Like How AI learned His Crossover

November 17, 2007


Back in SLAM magazine about seven years ago, which is before SLAM turned into SI for Kids with street cred and better photographs, there was a quick blurb on a player (whose name I now forget) that attended Georgetown with Iverson and claimed to have taught AI the deadly cross that became the staple of his game. That single move defined Iverson on the Sixers. It was so vicious that the NBA had to start re-enforcing palming violations because the cross-over became damn near impossible to defend.