No, Nike did not just release "Boston Massacre" t-shirts to mock Marathon bombing

Eric Stangel, a producer with the long-running late-night comedy show Late Show with David Letterman was in a Nike Outlet store this weekend and spotted a shirt with a message that seemed bizarre and inappropriate, after last week's bombings.

The phrase “Boston Massacre” has long referred to a 1770 attack led by British soldiers against civilians, and in this shirt, was appropriated for the Yankees/Red Sox baseball team rivalry.

Stangel spoke to a store employee, and said he believed the shirts shouldn’t be sold so soon after the recent bombing attack.

“We’ve been taking them down, but somehow they keep ending up back on the rack,” the employee is said to have replied.

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  1. Even though the timing is awful, I’d rather look at that than anything with “Tea Party” written on it.

  2. Not only that, these shirts are magic! They just POP BACK UP randomly even after being removed from the sales floor. 

      1. …They’re often customers.  And the fact that these stores are several floors tall.  And always some employee either doesn’t care or thinks they’re funny.

  3. We all need to stop being so offended by everything .. I think it’s pretty obvious that a company like Nike wouldn’t be selling a shirt pronouncing the Boston Marathon Bombings on the front of it with no other image.

    1. I think it’s pretty obvious that a company like Nike wouldn’t be selling a shirt pronouncing the Boston Marathon Bombings on the front of it with no other image.

      Like when Reebok had to recall 18,000 pairs of shoes because they named them after a rape demon?

  4. So we’ve now reached the stage post-bad thing where people go looking for things to get offended about?  Good to know.

     

    1.  “We’ve now reached…” 

      Who is this “we?”  I’m not part of your “we,” and now I’m highly offended.

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