Nike is facing criticism from the Muslim community based on a logo on the Air Max 270. A petition was made to have the global sporting brand recall their latest innovation of the Air Max silhouette.
According to Fox News, the petition posted on change.org gained more than 14,000 signatures stated that the logo on the 270 looked similar to “Allah”, the Arabic term for God. Petition creator Saiga Noreen said Nike disrespected the religion by placing Allah’s name on the sneaker’s sole:
“It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe. This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslim’s and insulting to Islam.”
The request also calls for Nike to recall the shoe and remove the logo from all Air Max 270 sneakers.
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A statement was released from Nike in reference to the logo’s creation:
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“Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously,” the spokesperson said in a written statement to Fox News. “The AIR MAX logo was designed to be a stylized representation of Nike’s AIR MAX trademark. It is intended to reflect the AIR MAX brand only. Any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional.”
Check out a video of the Air Max 270 below and let us know if you think the sole is similar to the sacred word.