Gerald Washington (alpacacock) wrote in thequestionclub,
Gerald Washington

Nike apologizes for unofficial name of 'Black and Tan' sneaker


The black leather sneaker with brown trim earned an unofficial name apparently meant as a nod to the drink made by mixing stout and lager in a pint glass, according to the Belfast Telegraph. But the drink itself takes its name from the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which became notorious in the 1920s for its attacks on Irish civilians during the War of Independence. [Al's comment: this is not correct - I believe the drink name came first]

One advertisement for the shoe, which sells for $90, says: "Tis the season for Irish beer and why not celebrate with Nike. The Black and Tan sneaker takes inspiration for the fine balancing act of a Stout (Guinness) on top a Pale Ale (Harp) in a pint glass."

Ciaran Staunton, president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, told that the choice left him speechless, saying the American equivalent would be calling a sneaker "the Al Qaeda."

Thoughts about this?

Do you like Black & Tans? What about Irish Car Bombs?

What was the last thing you were offended about?
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