Tuesday, September 15, 2020

How the NBA, Nike, and Spike Lee accidentally created their own Brand of Prejudice.

Nike and Spike Lee first said it, "It's gotta be the shoes", an iconic and ironic slogan if ever one was created. On the one foot, the saying implied that basketball players were successful because of the shoes they wore, on the other foot the saying was meant as an ironic, grass is always greener  metaphor regarding what makes the professional NBA player successful versus what really makes the professional NBA player successful, the hard work they put in for years.
But what type of message did NBA basketball shoes selling for hundreds and now thousands of dollars actually deliver to teenagers in poor economic communities? Apparently the part about hard work sort of got lost in translation. The Spike Lee commercial delivered the "It's gotta be the shoes" double entendre message to teenagers so successfully it distorted the teenager's reality and left out the part about hard work.

The slogan "It's gotta be the shoes" did harm to poor communities in the following ways.
  • Made poor kids feel unimportant if they could not afford a pair of NBA star shoes.
  • Made some parents or parent feel inadequate if they could not afford to buy their kid or kids a pair of NBA star shoes.
  • Made some parents prioritize buying a pair of NBA star shoes over everyday essentials.
  • Made poor kids believe in instant legitimacy by wearing Nike NBA star shoes.
  • Made showing off NBA star shoes a way to be respected.
  • Created unearned narcissistic tendencies through a constant, visual connection between one's perceived own worth and the NBA star shoes they were wearing on their feet.
  • Created a belief among some that if one person could wear NBA star shoes and gain instant street cred without having done anything of note, then stealing NBA star shoes from someone who gained instant street cred was just as legitimate, maybe even more legitimate since stealing NBA star shoes actually took some guts and effort.
  • How many crimes were committed either to steal an NBA Star shoe or to use stolen fenced goods to have the money to buy an NBA star shoe. Who was called when these crimes were committed, the Police?
  • How much Police enforcement has been required to break up counterfeit and price gouging of NBA star shoes?
  • How many poor community cliques were developed in which those with NBA star shoes discriminated against those who did not have any? 
  • Wearing NBA star shoes taught kids in poor communities how to be prejudiced against those who could not  afford the shoes.
The NBA could have priced their star shoes at regular prices, or just above regular prices, but that would not promote the star quality of the athletes the shoes were representing, and therein lies the real problem. 

There is no way to both create a NBA star shoe brand for a player and offer the shoes at regular or near regular prices. Yet, creating a theoretically better shoe and glitzing it up and then raising the price anywhere from 4 to 25 times the price of a "regular" tennis shoe is probably the only route a "star" player can take if they want to be seen as a legitimate celebrity and somebody worth respecting.

The above economic pricing strategy created many potentially negative societal impacts for teens in poor economic communities. Meanwhile the Police face similar inevitable situations on a daily basis and the same league that never acknowledged the inner community prejudice their own NBA star shoes created have instead chosen to focus all of their energy blaming the very group that helped them achieve their own economic success in the shoe game, Police enforcement whenever shoe thefts or shoe counterfeiting occurred.

Not giving the Police any modicum of slack in 2020 has to make us question the NBA and their own marketing tactics that have led the NBA towards teaching kids that they don't have to earn their own swag, they just can buy it, legally or otherwise.

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