This could be another hoax, but it appears legit. From USA Today:
Charisse Jones, USA TODAY Published 4:02 p.m. ET Feb. 5, 2019
Adidas has pulled a sneaker it was selling in honor of Black History Month after the all-white running shoe was slammed on Twitter.
The shoe, part of the company’s Ultraboost line, was included in a broader collection of clothing and sneakers inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, but critics said the sneaker’s color, and even the material apparently used to create it, made for a tone-deaf tribute.
“@adidas Releasing an all white sneaker in a Black History Month collection ain’t it,” one tweet read.
Another post said “I walked into a @JDSports today to look at the Ultra boost shoe @adidas. I was told by an employee that these shoes were made to celebrate black history month Confused the employee proceeded to tell me that the shoe was also made of cotton? Hence the all white. I am disgusted.”
In a statement about its Black History Month collection, Adidas said that “toward the latter stages of the design process, we added a running shoe … that we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how Adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.”
Fight the White!
For some reason, I’m reminded of this 1993 New York Times oped by Conan O’Brien reviewing the first night of his TV show:
Op-Classic, 1993: O’Brien Flops!
By CONAN O’BRIEN
There has been much speculation about the new “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Little is known about the new host, and even less about the show’s format. Last week, this writer had the opportunity to watch a test show in Rockefeller Center’s legendary studio 6-A. …
Mr. O’Brien’s guests that evening also included the deputy director of New York’s wastewater collection bureau, the editor of the NBC inter-office newsletter and a man who could eat oranges without getting any juice on his shirt (although he failed to do so on camera). Inexplicably, all the guests were introduced at the same time. Mr. O’Brien then asked each, in turn, his favorite color. To every answer, he snorted that the chosen color was “for girls.”