Nike Pulls “Dope” and “Get High” T-Shirts From Boston Window Display

A Nike store in Boston has taken down a window display of T-shirts that said “Dope” and “Get High” after initially refusing a request to remove them by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The Boston Herald reports that the Niketown store in the Back Bay neighborhood removed the T-shirts after Nike issued a statement last week explaining that the T-shirts are part of an action sports campaign, and they do not condone the use of banned or illegal substances.

Last week, Menino wrote a letter to Nike, asking the company to remove the T-shirts. He said they contain drug references and profanity that “are out of keeping with the character of Boston’s Back Bay, our entire city, and our aspirations for our young people…not to mention common sense.”

Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Menino, told the newspaper, “It’s good news that Nike has removed the display. It’s inappropriate and we will continue to make sure that all displays in our city do not promote the use of drugs. It is unacceptable and we’re happy they agree.”

2 Responses to Nike Pulls “Dope” and “Get High” T-Shirts From Boston Window Display

  1. Linda | June 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    score one for the good guys. How can NIKE even think these t-shirt are appropriate for teens and they don’t advertise drug use. what are they thinking?? By putting these statements on t- shirts they are opening condoning drug use. and not the “high” from exercise.

  2. Steve Westen | June 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I just can’t believe any company would endorse a product/concept that could be harmful to people… **Caugh**Caugh* cigarettes, alcohol, prescription pills, OTC meds, guns, religion, sugar, trans-fat
    We are also super lucky that no one promotes cigarette or alcohol use in tv shows, movies, billboards, internet, etc. We are also very lucky that sicne NIKE has taken down these displays, it seems that children no longer think drugs are cool and no longer have anyone in their lives promoting drug use…

    If you don’t want your children using drugs, talk to them. Its not NIKE’s fault that your children are using drugs, ITS YOUR FAULT AS A FAILED PARENT!…. but wait, you want to say that its not the parents fault, its the childs own decision… your right, then its not Nike’s fault either…

    Take responsibilty for your own actions!

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