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Menino To Niketown: Take Down Controversial T-Shirt Display

BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Tom Menino doesn’t like Niketown’s new window display at its Newbury Street store and he wants it taken down.

Menino said he was walking in the Back Bay with his wife recently and noticed T-shirts in the window with the expressions “Dope,” “Get High,” and “F**k Gravity” on them.

He believes the shirts promote drug use.

“Why would a national organization do that? Except to try stoop to the lowest common denominator to get people to buy their t-shirts,” the mayor told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday.

WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve reports

“They should be out educating our young people about the damage drugs do to you. But in their windows on Newbury Street, they’re promoting the issue of drugs.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The mayor wrote a letter to the store’s general manager, asking her to remove the shirts from the window.

“Your window display of T-shirts with drug and profanity wordplay are out of keeping with the character of Boston’s Back Bay,” the letter read. “We urge you to remove them.

“Should your company decide to take more seriously the issue of drug abuse, Boston has several nation-leading programs that may be of interest.”

Read: Menino’s Letter (.pdf)

In a statement to WBZ-TV, Nike said:

“These t-shirts are part of an action sports campaign, featuring marquee athletes using commonly used and accepted expressions for performance at the highest level of their sport, be it surfing, skateboarding or BMX.  Nike does not condone the use of banned or illegal substances.”

Menino said the money spent on the campaign should be put it into drug prevention programs instead.

Comments

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  1. Italo says:

    Menino, please get real. I am so tired of society playing victim and blaming other people’s actions or communications for those choices that people decide to choose to follow. Nike explained the reasoning and the lingo behind its campaign. This is why so-called big American cities wanting to play up there with the big boys, like Boston, will never make it, and will only play little sibling to huge cosmopolitan centers like New York–the old 19th century mentality of smallmindedness. I’d like to see Menino go after more important problems than ad campaigns that he misreads, or even put more of his $$ where his mouth is and therefore go show that he is effectively going on the offensive by strengthening programs to help those people who are truly addicted and need counseling or outreach.

    1. Ellen says:

      Italo, agree 100 per cent, but I am beginning to think that Menino loves to be on the nightly news and see his name in the Boston newspapers. Let’s face it he’s all over the place like fleas on a dirty dog.

      1. John says:

        I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

        In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

        But I know you weren’t…left-wing hypocrites.

      2. Papo Casey says:

        John, its ignorance like yours as to why this country is in shambles. Everything does not come down to left or right politics. Go find a Chuck E. Cheese and leave the discussion about current events to the adults who can handle having a mature exchange of ideas.

      3. headlessjester says:

        John actually brought up a good point about the “free speech” hypocrisy, your reply was typical ad hominem.

      4. Matt says:

        Well, headlessjester, if you’re going to be pointing out logical fallacy, maybe you should consider that John’s “point” is a strawman argument. The people or person who decided to take down a particular billboard does not speak for all people of a particular political belief.

    2. Beez says:

      Both Menino and Nike can be wrong. The mayor should be above this – but seriously, Nike isn’t as “clever” as they like to think.

      1. grooper says:

        They’re clever enough to get you and a dummy of a mayor to talk about it.

    3. Francis says:

      Mayor,’s time would be better spent trying to get Nike to move one of thier third world factories to Boston to provide some jobs for kids that they are selling those $100+ sneakers to.
      Francis

      1. artemis133 says:

        Very true. Nike, and every other company that’s abandoned the U.S. and its population.

    4. k.diggs says:

      THe problem is that you BELIEVED Nike, when they are obviously LYING. Either you are STUPID or a liberal which I know is an oxymoron. But “Get High” doesn’t have more than one connotation, unless they are playing to the “skydiving” crowd.

      1. Kbell says:

        Adrenaline maybe? Ever think of that? As in get high off of working out or some type of release of energy. Good god… Talk about narrow minded.

      2. Frankie says:

        When was the last time you ever heard anyone use the phrase “Get High” in reference to an adrenaline rush?

      3. sam says:

        To anyone who has played basketball in the last 10 years the connotations are obvious. “Get High” means to jump high, to get high in the air. If someone is “dope” they’re good, ie a good shooter would be “dope”. It’s all basketball street slang and Nike is trying to connect with people who use it to sell their products; it is just good marketing.

      4. Conan The Republican says:

        KBELL, STFU, you simp

      5. Troll Hunter says:

        k diggs, you are a DOPE. “Get High” and “F**k Gravity” are commonly used by skaters and BMX riders to mean: escape gravity, get more air, get higher off the ground. Having more than one meaning allows for an Edgy Attitude. You know, like “Rocky Mountain High” is the Colorado State song, with their higher elevation and all. Just like “Get Stoned” could mean throw rocks at me.

      6. Sport says:

        What about Runner’s high? Rock climbing? Hiking mountains? Hitting baseballs? Kicking footballs?

    5. starzzguitar says:

      Oh, this major is SO UNCOOL, and all you slackers are SO COOL. Wow, “Get High”, what’s wrong with that? Nike got what they wanted, publicity, and like, wow, they are SO COOL.

    6. jess says:

      Mr. Mayor,

      If Nike shirts can convince the people in your city to do something, you have bigger problems than what they print on the Tshirt.

  2. Ed Hall says:

    Someone needs to remind Menino that he was only elected mayor, not dictator. He should keep his big mumbling mouth shut!

    1. Splooshswoosh says:

      Your OPINION has been noted

    2. Andrew L says:

      The man does have a right to his own opinion. Just like you, or should you just keep your big mouth shut?

      1. Anon says:

        Stating he doesn’t like them and telling them to take them down are two different things.

      2. Splooshswoosh says:

        Your opinion has been noted too, pathetic loser.

      3. Otto says:

        Dude – Mumbles is the Mayor, and was speaking as Mayor… and although I did not see the letter was likely on city stationary. Bravo for your keen insight that the man has a right to his opinion… just like anyone else here he has a right to his personal opinion. As Mayor, this fool has been an embarrassment to the City for decades (Varitek splits the uprights…)… so you like the idiot – that is OK…. there are a loit of fools like you that voted for him… but when he uses City Hall clout to force his personal opinion on a company acting in a legal way… that is the definition of corruption. Time for him to stop the stammering… and as someone else said, make Boston a place attractive to business, rather than a threatening, corrupt, expensive place to be.

      4. Jaclyn says:

        The mayor gets high on power so what is the difference between the two?

    3. mirted says:

      I applaud the Mayor’s stance on this. The shirts are probably made in Viet Nam, just like their shoes, with $1/hr. labor (or less) and most of the money going to local
      party members.

      Anyone who thinks drugs are cool need to experience having their children on drugs and enjoy that pleasure. High on drugs, or alcohol, or whatever, there’s a lot more pain to a culture than pleasure to the individual. Go ahead, tune in and turn on. Just don’t make me pay for your healthcare and unemployment.

      1. Rocco says:

        mirted – if the T-shirts were to made in Vietnam, what the hell does it have to do with displaying in the US? You clowns are a bunch of moron. It’s a competitive world if Vietnam’s laborers are cheap, why the hell not use them! The quality is same if not better. Marijuana is being puffed/smoked everyday in SanFrancisco, why can’t one display just wordings on any T-shirts? PS, Nike is referring to jump high anyway-not damned get high in a sense of drug. Northerner politicians are a bunch of….you know what I am about to say!

    4. Joseph Lobosco says:

      Nike may have the legal right to sell the T-shirts but they are pretty dumb if they don’t think that they promote drug use.

      1. r4nr says:

        Dude, it promotes running as an alternate activity to drug use. Don’t be so dense…

      2. LTCB says:

        4rnr, you’re obviously not a high school graduate. Take English again. You might try some social studies too while you’re at it. The Mayor is within his “rights” to express his opinion regarding their store display. He’s also within his “rights” and “duties” to express displeasure at their totally rediculous and feeble attempt to claim this isn’t about drug use and doesn’t promote drug use. You’re from the zombie class of citizens who don’t understand what’s going on or what the Constitution even means.

    5. dolores says:

      …and the envelope has been pushed so far that few people know what moral correctness is, but they sure know about “political correctness.” Our kids are subjected to so much garbage that no shots will have to be fired to undermine this country. We are allowing it to happen from within and your comment verifies this theory.

  3. Thomas Hood says:

    Just because the Mayor is out of touch and ignorant of current vernacular doesn’t mean the store’s right to commerce as it sees fit should be interfered with. I suppose he thinks being “hip” has something to do with joints and therefore is also a drug reference.

    1. Andrew L says:

      The mayor wrote a letter, and he did not create a new law. How is he interfering with commerce? Get over it.

      1. Oguillory says:

        …if the Mayor is not interfering in commerce,..then what was the point of sending the letter, on city letterhead, under the authority and power of the mayor’s office..? You do not seem to understand the relationship between the exercise of legitimate authority, and the intrusion of power-based abuthority in whcih government officals use their office and position to “encourage” a citizen to comply. For example, if the Mayor is not prepared to make an issue out of the t-shorts, why did he write the letter in the first place?

        It is not the Mayors job to critique marketing examples of shoe stores,..nor in reality to prevent grown adults from comsuming anything they would like to put in their bodies,…..how again is a t-shirt, or t-shirt display,….how agan is that a legitimate issue for the Mayor to inflict himself on the operator?

        Regards,

        RJ O’Guillory

      2. Justin says:

        Andrew,

        Oquillory hit the nail on the head. By using his office to “encourage” he is interfering with commerce.

        If was Nike, I would double the display.

    2. Roop says:

      Do Cigarette companies or distributors have a right to commerce? Where’s the cries of foul play and government interference regarding the new legislature that is going to go in effect where pictures of people who died of cancer have to be posted on packs of smokes?

      1. Justin says:

        This is over the top and way beyond what is in the right of our government. Cigarette companies should refuse and then sue the hell out of the responsible government entities.

  4. Mark says:

    What ever happened to freedom of speech/expression. Our right to free speech was not concieved to protect forms of expression that promote things that are generally agreeable. This right was concieved to protect more radical viewpoints, and to protect those people who hold views society might condemn. Nike has every right to display these shirts, and its not the positions of some single man with a little bit of authority to say otherwise.

    I definitely think there was meant to be some connection between sports vernacular and drug vernacular, because those kinds of things certainly sell. But that should make no difference to Nikes ability to display it. Mayor, if you dont like it, dont look at it and dont buy it. If you really believe that a NIke t-shirt is going to be the reason that some kid or adult tries drugs, then you have a very ignorant and shortseighted view of the factors that play into drug use and experimentation. You think Nikes money should be devoted towards stopping drugs? How about you stop wasting your time writing them emails and use your time to do the same.

    1. Alpha says:

      What ever happened to freedom of speech/expression?

      Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should. That’s just a sign of low class.

    2. David says:

      The mayor is not infringing on freedom of expression by asking a vendor to reconsider an add campaign. He is expressing his own freedom. With all of that said, the mayor should find better things to do. Fighting with Nike over tongue-in-cheek tshirts is a waste of time.

      1. Mike says:

        The mayor is entitled to his opinion – nothing more. Who elected him to be advertising police? A perfect example of an idiot political hack deciding to stick his nose into something well outside his role. But aren’t the folks in Mass. used to the government being the begin all end all for their comrades?

      2. cjwarnke says:

        In reply to Mike:

        You are an example of what is wrong in this country. He has EVERY right to express his OPINION in any way he wishes. If he wants to go through the proper processes as a private citizen and demonstrate in front of that store he can.

        This is his right as a citizen.

        He would only be stepping over the line if, in his official capacity, he tried to create rules or mandates against this. THAT would be infringing on the rights of Nike.

        Get a clue and get educated. Freedom of speech works BOTH ways.

    3. US in Iraq says:

      there are limits to freedom of speech in a commercial setting. you should do some research before you start spouting off about constitutional rights. Nike should know this more than any other company, one of the major cases regarding commercial freedom of speech involves Nike. in reality its just trashy advertising in the end – not clever, but lazy.

    4. Snipe says:

      freedom of speech was intended to allow for free discourse concerning the government and how it was operating or failing to operate it was never intended to allow marketers to yammer endlessly without thought of how they were impacting the society around them.

      If you want to criticize the government you should be able to in any form or fashion you wish… but if you want to sell shoes, well then you need to act according to some simple standards of conduct….

      1. Not Quixote says:

        And who becomes the judge of whether or not they have acted appropriately? You? There’s one judgement. Spike Lee?…Hmmm, there’s a different result. No…freedom of speech except in the case of the “‘fire’ in a crowded theater” scenario extends beyond political discourse.
        Further, the mayor’s opinion that Nike, a free enterprise, should be spending money on drug prevention is just another sterling example of the myopia of public officials. Since they are government workers they completely lose sight of the reality that capitalism and FREEDOM make this country work. Were we all government workers (since it seems we’re headed that directions)…what a disaster. Ask Greece.

      2. KJ says:

        Not quite correct. Freedom of speech applies to all speech, regardless of its cleverness or lack of taste, and government’s prophilactic actions on that speech. What is clearly misunderstood about the Constitution is that the guarantees written there are aimed at preventing all governmental interference but NOT non-governmental actions. As a result, you can be fired from your job for saying something that the government cannot hold you liable for criminally or civilly. The mayor’s letter almost certainly would have the appearance of governmental interference in free speech and as such would be prohibited.

  5. elizabeth crannage says:

    love mayor menino–after 911, he kept our city and our harbors safe-and personally stood up to very dangerous elements, while a few others ran away,until they could see where the political shoe woulf fall.

    1. lensmanct says:

      Was he standing by the harbor holding an Uzi? Which “dangerous elements” did he stand up to?

    2. cookie says:

      I agree. He also has standards and I am stunned that others do not.

      1. Boston Mike says:

        That’s right, he kept it safe from the Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He is a big dummy, and has overstayed his welcome.

      2. Mike says:

        So his “standards” need to be everyone’s “standards”? You also think the government hacks know better than you do-right?

    3. CelticsPatsRedsoxandBostonsuck says:

      Umm, what city did many of those flights take off from?

    4. RickBooker says:

      What kind of drugs are YOU on?

  6. lensmanct says:

    It’s a safe bet that if this were a “minority owned” store, Menino would not have said a word. By the way…this is in Massachusetts, a state that Decriminalized marijuana… so what’s the big deal. You can’t have it both ways.

  7. Dee says:

    This isn’t about freedom of speech, it’s about the right thing to do. These t-shirts send a very wrong message to young people and Nike should take responsibility for the messages they’re sending. Being ‘hip’, getting with today’s vernacular or being ‘cool’ is the opposite end of the spectrum from being a grown up.

    The mayor should be commended for caring about the crude language and references to doing drugs on the shirts, and parents should be emailing Nike with their outrage.

    1. Marbran says:

      Making a statement is one thing; writing a letter to the store manager asking that the shirts be taken down is government over-stepping. Why is it that our politicians immediately forget the Constitution once they are elected? Obviously because of their power trip. We do not elect kings; we elect citizen representatives.

      1. Don says:

        Marbran – Writing to a store manager and ASKING anything is not overstepping…

        Nike – Shame on you. Shame on you for putting me in a position to agree with the Mayor. I think this is the first time that’s ever happened.

      2. Joe Dokes says:

        Sending in the police to take down the display would be overstepping. Simply asking that the display be taken down is not.

      3. Johnny Paul says:

        What does writing a letter asking that the display be taken down have to do with forgetting the Constitution?

      4. Teddy says:

        Since when do kings ask?

      5. Marbran says:

        I’d like to see the letter. Do you think he wrote, “pretty please, with sugar on top”? My point is that the Mayor should not be getting involved in areas where he has no jurisdiction. He read the t-shirts and shaped Nike’s campaign in terms of his own bias, and then he used his Office to make a statement against Nike. Rightly so, he quickly lost the battle.

      6. Donna says:

        Writing a letter is not overstepping. BUT, writing a letter and then using your power with the press to put pressure on a company IS overstepping. Maybe he could call Uncle Vinny and his thugs next to ‘exert’ some pressure on the shop owner?

      7. Snipe says:

        Overstepping is the state of Massachusetts embracing gun laws that go against the 2nd amendment… but then when you have public schools brainwashing the kids for so long it isn’t a surprise… just a bit of irony that the first shot to gain freedom in the American Revolution was in a state that now seeks to ban guns from the hands of anyone except the state.

    2. Donna says:

      Anyone can read anything into any message as they so choose. Just because your mind chose to interpret these as pro-drug does not mean I do. The second I saw the “Get High” message with the Nike logo, I thought a runner’s high – quite the opposite of promoting drug use, they are promoting the alternative. I suppose you think a shirt that says “Big Balls” is dirty? Maybe to someone who is pre-inclined to think dirty. But not all of us are like that.

      1. beth says:

        Really?? You honestly see no connection to drugs with one shirt saying “Dope” and having a pill bottle spilled over and another saying “get high”?

        You can defend Nike, but be realistic or, at least, not so naive. Nike obviously intended the drug inference because they want to sell to kids who think it’s cool.

        Shame on Nike for acting irresponsibly.

        And, of course, the mayor doesn’t have the right to make Nike take them down (thank goodness), but he can express his opinion and ask

    3. Joke's on US says:

      You’re right. Parents should also not be spending their $ on Nike as long as they have such an idiotic campaign ad going.

  8. DJ says:

    Good to see that the pit in Downtown Crossing is all filled in with flourishing businesses and the shops that are there aren’t fleeing…oh right.

    T-Shirts yes, that’s the priority. Well played Mumbles.

  9. Shredderofmass says:

    Google the words “Menino Hip Hop Roundtable” . I think its really nice that Bosotn gives this mentally handicapped person a chance to be mayor.

    1. Al says:

      well said Fred! I think it is hightime we voted him out of the office.

  10. MelAnosis says:

    What can you expect from a company that didn’t fire Tiger Woods. Maybe they’ll pick up Anthony Weiner since he has much time to play golf now.

    1. Ethan F. says:

      Maybe O’Bama will invite him next time.

  11. Herr Stig says:

    Iszat what he said??? I couldn’t understand him.

  12. Ed Hall says:

    Massachusetts is still controlled by the Puritans.

  13. stinky tom says:

    so called decent society has become so crude and coarse that this qualifies as no big deal

    1. Omega 13 says:

      Judging by many of the comments above I agree with you.

  14. chocolatechips says:

    Thank you, Mayor Menino! You did the right thing.

  15. disgruntled says:

    Mr. Mayor,

    If I want to wear one of these tee shirts, eat some junk food with lots of salt, and wash it down with a super-sweet sugary soda, then that is my right.

    Your job is to manage the city of Boston, not to impose your own sense of morality and tell everyone how to live. Mind your own f’n business already!!!

    1. LogicalMind says:

      Agreed.

  16. TRE says:

    Communism is so great!!! Let the State make all the decisions, not the almighty dollar.

  17. Sports Fan says:

    “These T-shirts are part of an action sports campaign, featuring marquee athletes using commonly used and accepted expressions for performance at the highest level of their sport, be it surfing, skateboarding or BMX,” the statement said.”

    Well, that explains it. I can hardly wait for a t shirt from the World Pro Coprophagia Tour. Such phrases as “Eat Poop”, “Don’t Wipe” and who could forget, “Spoons are for Sissies” All I can say is Go Nike!!

  18. kw says:

    Nike resides in the Portland Oregon, home of the Right to Die, Weirdness, Medical Marijuanna, the Naked Bike Ride and the Pride Pararde. The company and it’s marketing agents reflect the unseemly array of social decay that permeates the streets. They have lost their MoJo as a leader, stooping to the lowest in order to make that dollar. Shame on them. Our children will be the be the ones that will have to clean their mess up, hopefully wearing apparel that is made by a company with core values.

    1. Llinda says:

      You are correct.

    2. HansJurgen says:

      This new “culture” definitely defines the lack of respect and professionalism in today’s sports. If this reflects the “role models” that our current children look up to, then we are in deep trouble and are adding fuel to the fire of a culture in decay. And our enemies see it and can certainly use our culture to define “the devil” or “the evil one”.

    3. Papo Casey says:

      Portland is weird because you say it is and because they allow right to die for terminally ill patients? Man you “Bostonians” are dumber than I thought?

    4. petem says:

      only a reich winger would consider issues of personal freedom and choice weird or wrong…So let me get this right, only the Hyper Christian, right wing point of view is acceptable. only morality that was in vogue in 1953 is acceptable for us all.
      Perhaps you missed the point made from the athlete’s perspective. HIGH and DOPE and F*ck Gravity may have more than one meaning. people that get it, get it. The rest of you folks who are living in Pleasantvile, circa 1953, SHOULDN’T BY THESE SHIRTS…

      1. beth says:

        I think everyone “gets” that these logos also have a sports meaning – that’s obviously not the point. The point is that they also obviously have a drug inference and it’s somewhat irresponsible for a major retailer to stoop to the level of immature adolescents who think drugs are “cool” to make money. But, you are right – if people don’t like them, don’t buy them, and, if you really are upset with the company, don’t buy any of their other merchandise and write them a letter. That’s how free enterprise works.

  19. booch says:

    In a related story, Mumbles was recently overheard asking lunchtime Common visitors to “get off my lawn”

  20. Fubarus Surabuf says:

    You all miss the point…. Mumbles was paid to take offense…… this is great publicity for Nike.

  21. Me says:

    Nike is a bunch of ****holes when it comes to conducting business (i used to work for a competitor’s corporate office) so I see no reason why they would show class when it comes to this situation either.

  22. roadbowler says:

    I hit a nerve with WBZ when i posted this on their FB page. So much so, that I have been blocked from posting….read for yourself, if the Gestapo-like censorship doesn’t remove this from here too…

    ‘What is WBZ’s message today??? They first post a story about legalizing ‘medical marijuana’ then they post a story about the Mayor suggesting Nike take down their ‘Get High’ t-shirts….’

  23. TR Bender says:

    Boston has to stop putting these socialist/communist (democrat) wack jobs in office.Niketown is not telling kids to do drugs. They are saying you can get high by just getting out and being active. In other word, refuse to become an other obese desk jockey or computer turd.
    Also, remember Menino, your State, city and aiport gave this counytry 9/11. You let the terrorist murder’s walk through your airport and steal planes through violent means and murder 3k+ innocent AMERICANS and FOREIGN workers.
    Go clean up West Roxbury and shut your stupid socialy promoted Communist mouth .
    McHales Navy can do a better job of prtecting Boston !
    How is Kenmore Square these Days ?

    1. petem says:

      TR,
      Aside that I agree with the second sentence of your post, none of the rest makes any sense.

  24. twistin says:

    Menino is “shoulderbating” again.

  25. joe says:

    Moved out 10 years ago….. LOL at you clowns for continuing to elect Mumbles as your mayor.

  26. Don says:

    I am not a Mumbles fan, but it is interesting to read these comments that protect Nike’s rights to idiotic slogans, but think Mumbles needs to shut up. These kinds of statements show the ignorance of those posting them. Why would Nike’s “rights to free speech” be protected, but Mumble’s wouldn’t be?

    1. Jack says:

      Maybe because Mumble’s “urging” is actually a veiled threat meaning that if they don’t take the shirts down he is going to use his power to make them take them down by force, or maybe fine them. Do you think it’s a use of free speech to threaten one’s freedom of speech?

      1. Bill says:

        Not much different from the malls “asking” Victoria’s Secret to tone down the XXX rated displays they had. Getting elected Mayor comes with the responsibility to listen when you are nagged by the people who elected you to make such a request. Does erevyone here think he was the only one to notice that display? Everyone here really believes that he somehow picked that display out of the hundreds of displays out there without being pointed to it by a constituent who complained? Why does anyone think that the Mayor asking a business to check itself when it is using questionable marketing that may affect children’s choices about drugs?

        Come on now you know this kind of request is his job and if he didn’t do it you would have more reason to remove him than because he did. Really most of this is so silly. Nike couldn’t care less when a single person, even a mayor, sends them a note about their offensive display. They will no doubt still sell the shirts but they might give the concession of removing that particular display just to reduce the bad PR.

  27. JeddMcHead says:

    Menino is a twit and if you don’t like what Nike makes don’t buy it — let the market bear what it will.

    Capitalism rules!

    1. beth says:

      Yes, but part of a free market is being able to express your opinion. I, thankfully, can say that Nike is irresponsible and THEN not buy the shirt. The mayor has that same right – and, thankfully, again, he can not MAKE them take it down.

  28. Ro Willis says:

    It’s sad that adolescent behavior is accepted in society now. “Adults” like those who run Nike can’t see the forest for the trees. Teenagers need to rebel against their parents in order to break away from them and become adults…but the adults are joining the adolescents with the vulgar behavior and now the young people have to keep finding new lows…the adults accept instead of educating long term consequences for unacceptable behavior. And so it goes.

  29. Tom Blumenthal says:

    Nike’s store here in Denver closed recently. Nike is fighting a losing battle and looks desperate by stooping to this level.

  30. Murph says:

    How about Nike agrees to pull down the tee shirts when the mayor agrees to stop supporting a parade that is based on sexual preference?

  31. Pocho Basura says:

    I applaud this action.
    We do not need to encourage people to harm them selves.
    I also believe, in the same vein, re-elect obama t-shirst be banned nation wide.
    A mind is a terrible thing to waste……

  32. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

    1. ricardo maxwell says:

      Hank Get back on the meds soon before we see you on the evening news.
      Ron Paul supporters are just as kooky as Obama worshippers.

  33. JOE IT ALL says:

    MORE LIKE: GET ATTENTION… AND IT WORKED! IT’S A SPIN OFF OF THE GOT MILK, WATCH NEXT IT WILL BE GET ENERGIZED OR GET LEAN OR GET RADICAL ETC…OR HOW BOUT GET RIGHT…

  34. ottbpot says:

    Land of the FREE!!!!!

    oh wait….

    1. ricardo maxwell says:

      With freedom comes responsibility and adult behavior. Grow up.

  35. Scott says:

    This is an incredibly ill-conceived and irresponsible add campaign from Nike. Unfortunately, it’s reflective of a Nike corporate culture that doesn’t seem to value decency. As a parent, I will not allow my kids to wear clothing that glorifies such vulgarity or makes light of drug use. That’s my choice. While Nike may have a right to produce products of this nature, I have the right not to like them and not to buy them or any other Nike product.

  36. ricardo maxwell says:

    Just because the expressions are commonly used doesn’t make them correct or civil or socially acceptable. I think that the Mayor was right is his opinion and right in his request. The idiots that are defending Nike are most likely Obama voters or just crude slugs that care not about this country.The Nike defenders probably have 14 year old daughters wearing ultra short shorts with the word “juicy” written across the back. What ever happened to America? (answer: liberals and catering to the hip hop gangsta crowd)

  37. irishirish says:

    Pathetic!….Nikes promo and logos are pathetic…The comments bashing Bostons mayor are pathetic as well. Nike can explain it anyway they like….it promotes drug use! Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what is obvious. Dope smokers and drug users will be buying these up… Bottom of the barrel mentality….just like these comments.

  38. HansJurgen says:

    So long NIKE! I hope this shuts you down since it appears you have stooped down to the lowest in our society. I certainly will encourage all of my friends to stop buying your product and I hope it snowballs through our society and we see the last of your kind of companies.

  39. megan says:

    Snipe you are an IDIOT, no one asks for a special needs child, No matter how much money a parent has to raise the child, the costs are staggering. Thats WHY there are programs to help with these costs. But YOU ARE PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT THINK ALL SPECIAL NEEDS BABIES SHOULD E ABORTED OR SENT TO LIVE ON AN ISLAND.Hopefully you will never know what it’s like to have a special chils because you obviously don’t have the heart.

  40. Semper Fidelis says:

    And most of you people on this board wonder why our society is coming apart at the seams. Freedom of speech is a right which carries responsibility just like freedom itself. A cursory review of world history shows a repetitive pattern of once great civilizations destroyed from within due to declining moral standards and cultural relativism.

    Sure you self-centered, hubris laden egotists can exercise your 1st Amendment rights. Just remember that sooner or later, we will all cede our freedoms unless we quit numbing our minds to whatever those in power continue to spoon feed us as their definition of the new cultural morm.

    1. Nancy says:

      BRAVO!
      You are totally correct. Our country is in a downward spiral. Moral, ethics, be damned. We are all going to be paying the price and there is going to be a revolt I can see it happening and we are all going to be looking back asking what the heck happened to our country..

  41. Ed Hall says:

    I see he Puritans are out in force today.

    1. Omega 13 says:

      Hey d o u ch e b a g, how many times will you post the same comment?

    2. Conan The Republican says:

      I see the functional illiterates are, too.

  42. slcbob says:

    Good for your mayor! Nike likes to think they they’re so very clever and hip, but it’s a calculated marketing move. These shirts are clearly irresponsible and Nike first of all doesn’t care, and second, they’re betting on publicity as a result. All you equally hip, cool defenders of crassness on here are Nike tools.

  43. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    Peace and Harmony is just a Legislation away.

  44. MeganIsRight says:

    Megan the special needs children are a burden just like everything else good in life. Some will see that burden and embrace the joy that comes with it others will shrug and carry on with a dutiful grim look, still others will wail at god for the burden placed upon them. Each will receive what they deserve. Do not think to long on the Snipes of the world they do not know what they owe to the special needs children who grow up to be the great thinkers leaders and discoverers in the future. Even from the most crass point of view if only one special needs child in the thousands out there makes a contribution to society it was worth it. No one can tell you who the next Edison, Bell, Tesla, Whitney, or Carver will be at birth.

  45. Rick says:

    I really think these comments are an over-reaction. Mayor Menino didn’t order anyone to do anything. His words were “I urge you to remove them”, not “I order you to remove them”, or “I declare them illegal”. Nike could easily say, “go pound sand” and the Mayor would have no recourse but to shake his head and walk away. There is no censorship here. Don’t confuse criticism with censorship.

  46. Tin says:

    Gee, here’s an idea, don’t like them don’t look at them, don’t like them don’t buy them!!!

    When did society become such a whiney, easily offended bunch of wuss bags?!?!?

    We are slowly being stripped of our rights, and stupid people are allowing it to happen under the “it’s good for you” blanket.

  47. Mark Carlton says:

    Would it have killed Nike to show a little class?

  48. g h dalton says:

    I recently returned to the US from France where I now live. I was appalled at the lack of taste, manners, and consideration for standards of decency and respect in speech and dress. I cannot believe schools allow the youth to attend class dressed as if they’re on the way to the beach. And were’s the financial crisis if people can waste money being crude and rude. Bravo Mayor A very happy ex- Bostonian

  49. MG says:

    NIKE has sunk to a new low with this lot of t-shirts. No wonder our youth is so brain dead. I expect better from NIKE.

  50. Joan Hogan says:

    IN Response to SNIPE ,You are Uneducated and Arrogant ! Federal Law Chapter 504 Stipulates all Disabled Children Be educated Until age 22 . I wonder
    Are you Under The Influence by writing this Terrible Response, or are You Completel;y Heartless ! OH WAIT ARE YOU A FRIEND OF THE MAYOR ?

    1. megan says:

      no im a special needs teacher with a heart

  51. Carl says:

    How is it that no one thinks a Nike shirt that says “get high” is referring to the multiple sports involving jumping? My immediate thought was someone dunking a basketball, not drugs.

  52. OhRatts says:

    I agree with the mayor completely. Shame on Nike. “part of an action sports campaign”… yeah, right.

  53. WilliamPenn says:

    Ever been to Boston? Most people there are too stoned to read the shirts anyway.

  54. Leelee says:

    First Menino denies Boston residents of their 2nd Amendment
    Now he’s going after the 1st amendment ?

    By the way, does Menino even know what the constitution and the Bill of Rights are ?

    Maybe he should go run for president of China or Cuba.

  55. mike says:

    action sports????
    those slogans sound like ghetto speak to me..
    Nike just doesnt want to admit they are playing the low card with the wannabes
    maybe they think they can get away with it nbecause boston isnt a hotbed of “action sports”..

  56. Crystal says:

    I think that this is so funny. Anyone that buys a nike shirt and see get high knows that they are speaking about getting high in basketball. I love our mayor and I voted for him but it seems that he jumped to a conclusion so fast and I have to ask myself why. If you know anything about sports you would know those terms. Nike isnt trying to promote drugs at all. BUt my point of wondering why he felt so strongly enough to write a letter to nike about says a lot. he could have gone in and asked what the meaning of the shirts were and that would understand if it said get high and had a picture of weed on the shirt then we all would know what that would mean. He just didnt bother to ask he jumped before asking and that a problem.

    1. beth says:

      Did you miss the part where the shirt was in a display with another that said “Dope” with a picture of a pill bottle spilling over. Now, I know that “dope” also means “awesome” but having the pill bottle there definitely pushes the double meaning of both shirts. Are you really so naive?

  57. TimM says:

    While you quibble over the right to be stupid, drugs are ruining this country. Did we not learn anything from the permissive 70’s? By the way, your mayor wasn’t telling them what to do, he was exercising his right to free speech by pointing out the obvious; these words were chosen specifically because of their drug related entendre. Nike should be ashamed of themselves.

  58. Tim says:

    As both an athlete and a drug user I have to say the only one of those shirts that can really be called offensive is the shirt that says “dope” with a spilled bottle of pills beneath it the other two are 100% sports related no matter what Nike says a shirt with bottle of pills on it is nothing more then promotion of drug use after seeing the shirt I fully understand the mayor writing the letter to Nike with that said it’s time to do like shirt says and “get high”

  59. JRies says:

    If Nike is taking this stance…..they can watch decent folks buy other brands. I think it’s disgusting. Just because they can, doesn’t mean they should.

  60. MinFXBG says:

    thank you mayor for your opinion. Now move along. Nothing to see here.

  61. Juzchiilin says:

    well they lost they nigga tiger woods to sell they stuff so they goin to the second best- dope

  62. SailorV says:

    Nike has every right to offer for sale. We have every right not to buy them.

  63. matt says:

    The mayor is a twit. If it was just an opinion, he would not use his office to express it. Whether the marketing scheme is good or bad does not matter, as a mayor he as much more important matters than which t-shirt should be on display in one store. A mayor sending the letter, on official letterhead, is a veiled threat to use the power of mayor to force change. Another big man throwing around his power. If it was just HIS opinion, he’d send the letter as a citizen.

  64. VeteranRunner says:

    If you are comparing these shirts to Nike’s support of drug use you are quite mistaken. If you used the ability to deductively reason(if you have the capacity) you would understand that Nike is referencing “runners high”, which is the body’s natural release of dopamine and other chemicals during an intense run. They are advocating fitness and health, that is if the t-shirts are truly licensed by Nike.

    1. beth says:

      Oh, so there was no intent by Nike to infer drugs (hmmm, didn’t I see a pill bottle). Word of advice – if you can’t see it, please don’t ever go in to advertising.

  65. Sarah says:

    Decent people can respond to the “current vernacular” from the lowest common denominator and never buy any NIKE product again.

  66. Sarah says:

    Call NIKE 800-806-6453. I am happy I saw this story before it was time to buy school clothes because my kids will not get a single NIKE product!

  67. BOB says:

    TIME FOR A NEW DICTATOR IN BOSTON

  68. kaycee says:

    Idiots. Does the shirt make any of you want to go out and use drugs? No? Amazing. Are you raising kids that will want to go out and do drugs? Really? Because of some slogan on a shirt? Please.

  69. BOB says:

    THE MAYOR IS THE BIGGEST NUCKLEHEAD IN BOSTON. NEXT, ELECTION HE SHOULD BE PUT OUT TO PASTURE WITH DRUG DEALING AID.

  70. geo says:

    DOPE?

    Is this a 80’s retro marketing campaign?

    Try
    LAME

  71. response says:

    “keeping with the character of Boston’s Back Bay” – Mr mayor, would it be ok if it was in a different part of the city?

    1. Cynic says:

      Yeh…How BH Ave and Columbia Rd…..Of course Mumbles wouldn’t know,He only visits during Elections.

  72. Vito says:

    The problem to be addressed on Newbury St is robbery, not the content of t-shirts.

  73. Clint says:

    What the mayor doesn’t know and the government doesn’t want you to know is that, getting high on maijuana is a very healthful activity. The most recent research shows that regular marijuana users have a lowered incidence of lung cancer, head and neck cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease because the cannabinoids in marijuana fight tumor growth and spread and reduce inflammtion in the brain. REad, “Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease” when it comes out next month!

    1. bilbo says:

      And driving fast protects you from accidents because you fly by the obstacles too fast to actually hit them. Hey Clint…get a job.

  74. Bilbo says:

    Not a Menino fan but it’s hard to imagine what Nike is thinking here. Their explanation is lame. Stupid purposeless ad campaign. These are common expressions for drug use before they are common for sports and as a company that started in running they should know better than to promote a problem the sport has been trying to eradicate. Typically Nike has great ads…they should fire whomever came up with this dumb one though.

  75. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t.

  76. John says:

    Hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t.

    1. Lori says:

      You already posted this multiple times. What are you, some kind of blog troll?

  77. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black genocide because black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t.

  78. Joe Noone says:

    NIKE SUCKS!

  79. Troy says:

    Dude should go to Myrtle Beach. The T-shirts in the windows there will give you and your kids sex education, for free, pictures included.

  80. Dr MD says:

    Shame on Nike! Thank you Mayor for speaking out against stupidity.
    When you gotta appeal to druggies to sell T-shirts you are shirking your social responsibilities as a corporation. Nike, you’re a sorry company, and so are all of you who support such trash.

  81. wonderyears says:

    tell Corky to mind his business

  82. AJsDaddie says:

    To have two shirts, one saying “dope” and the other saying “get high” and to NOT make the connection to drugs is to be impossibly naive. Yes, there are non-drug connotations to those phrases, but why use them? Why not “Runner’s High” rather than “Get High”?

    I don’t think these shirts will get anybody hooked on heroin, but at the same time it continues to de-sensitize our country to the usage of drug-related jargon. Stupid on Nike’s part.

    1. mithu lahiri says:

      Because Get High has connotations for athletes other than runners…and I think they were trying to target athletes from all sports so they had to come up with slogans that would mean different things for different athletes.

  83. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t…hypocrite lefties.

  84. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t…hypocrite lefties..

  85. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t…hypocrite lefties.

    .

  86. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.

    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.

    But I know you weren’t…hypocrite lefties.

    ..

  87. Last Post for the Day says:

    Hitler and the Nazis.

  88. George W. Axl Rosebush says:

    It is really an ambiguous comment. The drug culture stole it, but then again they are a culture of thieves and LOWlifes…which is why they need to get their “high” on.

  89. Joan Hogan says:

    In response To Megan .. Thanks for your Support and understanding. SNIPE
    Should Look and think before He leaps, Disability Can happy to anyone , during
    anytime In their Life.

  90. mithu lahiri says:

    It is risky advertising…but Nike does have a right to display them & people have a right to wear them. I get high everyday ether off of LSD or Speed. Now, to a drug-user or a non-runner this would be highly explicit language. But, if you understand “runner’s parlance,” you’d understand that “getting high” refers to the natural high caused by exercise & competition. “LSD” is Long Slow Distance and “Speed” is speed work…as in intervals, fartkeks, racing, etc. And, as much pain this can cause, it is the most high-inducing out of the 2 . I urge Mayor Menino to Get High, at least once a week – he’d be doing his health a service.

    1. mithu lahiri says:

      I meant either…not ether.

  91. James Parker says:

    Better to encourage drug use than government use. The latter is FAR more addicting and dangerous.

  92. Cynic says:

    Mumbles promotes drug use……Every time he opens his mouth I have to take an aspirin.

  93. Cynic says:

    I wonder how the Mayor would feel about a tee-shirt that said “Change Your Behavior,End The Disease”

  94. Ima engineer says:

    Nike is so wicked clever !
    wow! dope! f-gravity! that is so out the box!
    Nike’s ad manager should run for Mayor of Boston.
    I cant get over how wicked smart that campaign is!
    I feel so inadequate when I see the genius of Nike
    wow

  95. Walter says:

    I favor black abortions….fewer welfare recipients in the next generation.

  96. peter998899 says:

    The bottom line is that the store, Niketown, will experience a quick upsurge in sales, as this is free advertising. The store will probably sell most of the shirts. If the manager has any intelligence, he or she won’t continue selling these type of shirts. It gives Nike a bad name. And long term, it will hurt sales. There’s only so much abuse the public will take before their wallets will do the voting form them.

    Sort of reminds me of a shirt I saw many years ago when MADD was formed. The shirt said – DAMM – Drunks Against Mad Mothers.

    These are classless shirts worn by classless individuals. If you see someone with one of these shirts on, there is little chance they will land a decent job and contribute to society. Society will change what the Mayer cannot.

    Finally, what does the sale say about the manager of the store who displays these shirts. What type of customer is he or she looking for?

  97. Cynic says:

    It is the Law of uninteded consequences…..When Clinton Appointed Ray Flynn to the Vatican did he have any idea that it would saddle us with Meatball Menino for the next 100 years.

  98. CR says:

    Hhm, isn’t there that right we all have… What’s it called.. Oh yeah… FREE SPEECH. Also FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. If he doesn’t like the shirt, he doesn’t have to buy it. Plus the war on drugs is B.S. anyways, legalize and tax them, at least pot, which all non-U.S. government studies every done have been found to be less harmful than alcohol, we need the money.

  99. NooYawkah says:

    I think we are overlooking the main point of this article, which is that Boston sucks.

  100. Tkay says:

    Brilliant! Just when you forget Nike exists, they make a move like this. Marketing genius.

  101. etb says:

    I am not into sports but do know the meaning of the terms in context as applied.
    The Mayor should educate himself and apply some humor and tolerence. 3 things he should be encouraging in our youth.
    Hang in there NIKE, keep up the ads.

  102. FedUp! says:

    Those sayings are disgusting. Nike says athletes use those slogans?! Really?! I can only guess what segment of the population they are referring to!!!!

  103. gary says:

    leftwing nuts at it again, they can’t stand any views outside their own.
    They only tolerate views they agree with

  104. John says:

    I hope all you new-found lefty free speech advocates felt just as outraged when cities were forced to remove billboards correctly pointing out that black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites.
    In December 2010, New York’s health department released figures that almost 60% of black pregnancies resulted in abortion. The rate was 41% for all pregnancies. Nationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get 30% of abortions even though blacks make up only 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women get 58% of abortions. This makes Georgia the leading state for black abortions.
    But I know you weren’t…hypocrite lefties.

  105. Lori says:

    Oh I get it. What was I thinking. Now I understand. Thanks!

  106. London says:

    I am not a Mumbles fan! But he has a right to his opinion. Obviously Nike is not taking down their display. My problem is I’m college educated and cannot find a job. I’m diabetic,lost my health insurance and don’t have one cent coming in.Unemployment has ended as well. I wish Menino would spend some more time worrying about these problems! Instead of making people wait on hold for 2 hours at unemployment how about hiring a few of the people that are unemployed? So when I go into a diabetic shock laying in front of the Nike store because I’m homeless and I’m living on little Debbie snacks I guess the last thing I’ll see are these cool, artistic shirts. Thanks Mayor!!!

  107. Sheri says:

    wait…didn’t Massachusetts voters decriminalize small amounts of marijuana a couple years ago? So they’d rather infringe on 1st amendment rights than deal with the consequences of their stupid votes. Sorry liberals, you reap what you sow.

  108. Matt says:

    Isn’t it ironic the tv correspondent’s name is john shortsleeve

  109. Just Me says:

    Yawn–the ruling class just loves to be on TV don’t they? If someone wants to get high because of a T-shirt have at it. But please don’t ask me to pay for it, pay for treatment or even worse have to listen to Menino whine. Please?

  110. TheAlmighty$$$ says:

    Like most corporations, Nike is interested in making $$$ and could care less about offending someone or saving lives…

    1. Joel says:

      Like most idiots, you still haven’t figured out that the point of business is to make money. The only ones that don’t have that as their goal are called non-profits.

  111. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    Why can’t nike spend the money on speech therapy?

  112. bert says:

    the country is flat broke. unemployment is actually 20% which means DEPRESSION. your freedom is not even slowly being taken away everytime big sis twitches. us citizens are being blown to bits in wars that are nothing more than put up jobs under the pretense of a war on terror. the dollar is purposely being trashed by the leaders of the us thus leading to higher and higher expenses for each citizen. and a t-ahirt is the big news in boston???

  113. P Miller says:

    PEOPLE!! Lighten UP!! The consumers who those shirts are aimed at know exactly what they mean. Action Sports are real sports, and those a very real expressions. We’re talking about TEE shirts here. Just tee shirts…

  114. BOB says:

    Now, the Mayor wants to ruin a small company that uses segways to tours around

    Boston. Mayor will not be happy until Boston looks like Detroit.

  115. patty says:

    As a volunteer in a max security prison, I can tell you “getting high” is primary cause of 90% of the women in there. They are young, beautiful women who had potential, but who ended up selling their personhood, their kids, their families, their futures to “get high.”…. . If I showed this to my girls and asked them to vote on the display they would go with the mayor. We have a responsibility to our young people… Sorry, this gal votes with the mayor!

    1. Joel says:

      I like how you seem to suggest that these people will not get high unless they see a shirt that suggests it. How dumb do you think young people are?

  116. BOB says:

    The Mayor parking band costing Bruin fans over 100,000 in fines.(Sat) In a period

    of time when people need something to give them some happiness. King Mumbles

    should run for mayor in Vancouver, he fit right in there with those knuckleheads.

  117. joel says:

    Yeah that’s what they should do. Instead of advertising for their brand and merchandise, they should use all that money to do a campaign that has nothing to do with their brand whatsoever or anything that has to do with their business whatsoever. Clearly you are in government, because you suggested they flush they money down the toilet.

    Menino, just because you’re offended doesn’t mean anyone has to give a f*ck about it.

  118. U.S. Common Sense says:

    For Nike to say that this is simply “commonly used and accepted expressions for performance” and not to imply “the use of banned or illegal substances” is completely rediculous. The KNOW what the terms “Dope” and “Get High” mean when it comes to drugs, and that people would buy the shirts simply for that reason. If by some miracle that they didn’t know that, then they aren’t as street smart as they are claiming to be.

    That said, it’s their money, and if they want to produce the shirts, they are allowed to. However, the zoning commission also has the right to ban certain types of advertising in their jurisdictions. While “Dope” and “Get High” shirts might be acceptable to be displayed, “F**k Gravity” would not be. Those shirts would have to be displayed only inside the store and away from the view of the general public on the street.

  119. GMan says:

    Now we will argue over whether it is just a simple choice of decency, or it’s not so bad. Some will say that “Get High” alludes to basketball, and the non basketball players say it alludes to?

    The gravity one is really pathetic. Nike is appealing to a niche market and could care less about the rest of the market.

  120. CB says:

    This is just merely a sign of where our society has gone. It seems to me it’s the other way around. The shirts don’t promote such behavior. Rather the wrong behavior promotes such shirts.

  121. Derrick says:

    The mayor is out of touch. He probably still uses terms like “23 skidd,” ya dig?

  122. barack bush says:

    Yeah, I’m really interested in what a tax-thieving, narcissistic bureaucrat has to say about anything. Put a target on the head and chest of bureaucrats and their dependents. Let the streets flow with blood.

  123. Chad Barnaby says:

    If I ran hat store i put a tea shirt up right next to the “Get High” Shirt that says
    PUCK Mayor Menino

  124. TM says:

    How, does a company so large have such pathetic understanding with regard to appropriate GENERAL advertising? If it is OK or Good for store windows it must be OK or Good for billboards and TV, etc.

    Nike, since you have no moral or ethical compass to go by, please place, or should I see try and place these types of ads on billboards and TV. Perhaps Saturday morning cartoons would be a great time slot?

    In short Nike, you disgust me. And people that choose to bag on someone that sees this as inappropriate and voices their concerns about it? Talk about Hypocrisy. OK for Nike to speak their TRUE thoughts, but not detractors?

    Lame!

  125. judy love says:

    , Bin Laden is standing before God, awaiting his punishment, when God gets a tap on the shoulder….there, behind him stood 343 fireman, 72 police officers, one K9 officer, 3000 american citizens, and over 5000 soldiers………” Don’t worry God, we got this one.” It was a special request and GOD can let them do what ever they want

  126. DUH says:

    Mayor Short Bus should go f**k himself and let the grown ups take care of the important stuff

  127. Joan Hogan says:

    Maybe NIKETOWN will give out Free Shirts with this logo to the Mayor ! or Better yet maybe have people wear their shirts with this logo to the Fourth of July Events. I am sure the Mayor will be thrilled.

  128. Denise Krochta says:

    What are they thinking! I know money, money, money. Well, freedom of speech and all that aside, I spend my “freedom of speech” time trying to help families and friends of those who love addicts and alcoholics to navigate through the chaos and drama this brings to their world, with some kind of peace and calm. While many wonderful groups and organizations are spending time and money on prevention and discouraging these activities, others I see here are vying for the same bucks to encourage them. Won’t it be interesting (although I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy) when someone responsible for this kind of Nike thing ends up being on the “other side”. Statistics show it is probably inevitable. God Bless America!

  129. Patricia Morris says:

    I have a new shirt too….

    GET UNDER ARMOUR

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  131. F**k gravity says:

    I know everyone on here wants to talk about morals. But where the hell do you get off saying your morals have to be that of everyone. I don’t care if children cuss. They’re just words. If they do drugs, well parents, maybe you should watch them more closely. Don’t blame Nike because you believe in a stupid religion or because you’re a bad parent. Morals are created from religion and maybe one day we’ll learn that religion is the true devil. if a shirt that says “get high” makes your kid “get high” well, you might as well give them to children services because you suck at being a parent

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