A Muslim man from New York started whining recently when Nike reportedly refused to custom-produce a pair of Air Jordans with the words “Muslim” or “Islam” for him.
According to American News, 40-year-old Nabeel Kaukab attempted to custom order the shoes online through NikeID, but he was turned down. He then took to Facebook to whine about it, writing an open letter to the company.
“Dear Nike, I have a sincere question for your Nike ID team,
Today, I was trying to buy a pair of Air Jordans and was checking out the customization features, one of which includes the ability to put short text (up to 6 letters) on them. As I was experimenting with differently words to customize my shoes, I noticed that for Nike, neither ‘Islam’ nor ‘Muslim’ ‘fit within our guidelines’.”
“As far as I (or any rational person) can assume, neither word is profanity, slang (appropriate or inappropriate), insulting or discriminatory (more than a billion people globally find identity in being called Muslim). Considering there is no trademark or IP around just the word Islam or Muslim, by process of elimination that leaves your customers to assume only the following: Either you believe the word Islam or Muslim incites violence or they are words that Nike doesn’t want to place on its products?”
Unfortunately for Kaubab, however, his whining got him absolutely nowhere. Nike ignored his letter and his questions, and cancelled his order for the shoes. In today’s overly-PC world, it’s rare to see a company bravely ignore the pleas of an “offended” Muslim. SHARE this story if you support Nike!