Florida State is taking criticism for a graphic showing famed civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., wearing a Nike football glove and doing the “Tomahawk Chop.”
The Twitter feed for the Florida State Seminoles’ recruiting page sought to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a graphic featuring a photo-shopped image of the civil rights icon wearing a Nike receiving glove.
The graphic included the phrase “Do Something,” and a King quote reading, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
However, putting the great man in a Nike glove and doing the “Tomahawk Chop,” was not well-received by people on Twitter. The image was called all manner of names, not the least of which was that it was in “poor taste.”
The school took a massive wave of Twitter criticism and deleted the campaign shortly after it was launched on Monday.
Twitter users were all over the school for the “offensive” graphic.
Florida State recruiting just tweeted out a picture of Martin Luther King wearing Nike Vapor receiving gloves and doing the Tomahawk Chop.
WHAT A COUNTRY. pic.twitter.com/1wmGH4I8oo
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) January 21, 2019
like Photoshop #MLK with Nike gloves and simulating the Florida State chop?
I don't think this is what Dr. King was referencing with his "I Have a Dream" speech. pic.twitter.com/4CuFIV4THO
— Chris Yandle (@ChrisYandle) January 21, 2019
— Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) January 21, 2019
Florida State really photoshopped a football glove on Dr. King and said “Happy MLK Day” what in the world 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/iX4pMiomq1
— nosnekciD llieN (@njchamp722) January 21, 2019
"The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism." — MLK (1967)
— Mike Byrd (@micchiato) January 21, 2019
Do something … just not that.
— Andrew Astleford (@aastleford) January 21, 2019
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