Kirsters Baish| Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen Nike’s controversial 30th anniversary ad campaign with former 49ers quarterback and National Anthem kneeler Colin Kaepernick’s face as the background with the words “Believe in something. Even if that means sacrificing everything.” Americans were outraged by the ridiculous ad campaign.
Conservative Tribune explains:
Kaepernick critics were not thrilled for a multitude of reasons. After all, Kaepernick was the man who sparked the NFL’s current tumult of national anthem protests, an act that many Americans find disrespectful to the men and women who protect and serve this country.
There’s also the little fact that Kaepernick has previously worn socks that depicted police officers as pigs. He also wore a shirt glorifying former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Not exactly an uplifting message.
The ad was as follows:
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Take a look at the television ad that Nike aired:
“So don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if your dreams are crazy enough,” the former 49ers quarterback can be heard saying in the ad.
Americans began questioning exactly what Kaepernick sacrificed that made him such a “hero.” While people want to claim that he sacrificed his football career, they tend to forget that he opted out of his contract with the San Fransisco 49ers following the 2016 NFL season. The Denver Broncos offered him a contract, but he declined, as reported by USA Today.
Kaepernick didn’t sacrifice his money either. His new job as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary campaign is earning him millions. For a football player who hasn’t played football in over a year, he’s doing pretty well for himself.
He certainly didn’t sacrifice his fame, because let’s be honest; we’re all talking about him.
When it boils down to it, Kaepernick isn’t sacrificing much.
Gillette has now released a much more powerful ad, seemingly in response to Nike’s ridiculous campaign.
The message is much more positive than the message that Nike and Kaepernick are sending out about disrespecting law enforcement.
The shaving blade company released the ad, featuring the incredible story of a one-handed player from the Seattle Seahawks, linebacker Shaquem Griffin. The ad shows Griffin growing up and working to keep up with his older brother Shaquill. Shaquill also plays on the Seahawks.
“Your best never comes easy,” the ad states. The ad shows the one-handed football player refusing to make excuses. Take a look at the follow-up video:
Gillette really made Nike look bad this time… or maybe Nike did that to themselves.