Thousands of people are demanding to remove a logo from Nike's Air Max 270 shoe, saying that it is offensive to Muslims.
A Change.org petition, which has garnered over 14,000 signatures by mid-day on Wednesday, January 30, claims that the "blasphemous" logo resembles "Allah" written in Arabic script. Allah is the Arabic word for God.
Petitioner Saiqa Noreen said the logo "will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth".
Saiqa wrote, "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".
Saiqa is also demanding Nike recall the shoe and all products with the logo resembling Allah word from worldwide sales immediately.
A spokesperson for Nike told Fox News that the design logo is nothing more than a "stylized" version of the Air Max 270.
The statement the spokesperson shared with the publication reads,
Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously. 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.
Nike has often been making headlines over its branding. Back in 1997, the company was accused of using a flame-shaped logo which resembled the word for Allah.
Nike pulled 38,000 pairs of sneakers worldwide at the time and donated $50,000 to an Islamic elementary school in the United States.
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