Vans has removed a small number of submissions in a sneaker design contest including one apparently supplying a shout out to Hong Kong’s PRO-democracy protests that may companies weigh the risks of angering China.
A critical marketing campaign for global companies fearing a backlash from Chinese customers, which experiencing solidarity anti-government protests in Hong Kong crisis in decades.
Some of the people in Hong Kong also have requested for a boycott of the sneaker brand on Facebook.
Some retailers have suspended sales of Vans products.
However, mainland Chinese users on the Weibo social media platform elevated Vans for getting rid of the design, after being enraged by it at first.