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We’ve Got Some Bad News About That Viral Post Of A Trump Supporter Burning His Feet After Setting His Nikes On Fire

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, Nike announced on Monday that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be a spokesperson for the campaign.

Not surprisingly, the exciting announcement was met with jeers from conservatives, whose right-wing beliefs clash with athletes who protest against police brutality, racism, and social injustice.

To denounce the latest collaboration between Nike and Kaepernick, Trump supporters responded with a movement to boycott Nike by burning the sneakers that have fallen out of step with their MAGA views.

One man on Twitter, nicknamed “Mustard,” took that act of defiance a step further by setting his Nikes ablaze while still wearing them.

Which led him to update his followers with the dire consequences of such a feat: a trip to the hospital.

Warning: there’s a graphic photo of a pair of severely burnt feet.

It appeared that “Mustard” had fused himself to the very company he was trying so desperately to separate himself from when some of the pieces from the sneakers became grafted to his feet as a result of the flames.

“Docter says I may lose them anyway so I may just have them amputated,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet.

People had plenty to say over “Mustard”‘s failed boycott.

As much as people had a field day commenting over the idiotic stunt, Internet sleuths revealed the whole thing was a hoax.

“Mustard”‘s real name is Phil Braun. He is a writer and an online comedian who supports Nike’s decision to team up with Kaepernick.

The picture of the burnt feet are not his.

According to Snopes, the burned victim’s feet belong to an unidentified patient at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

The photograph was made available as early as March 2017 on the Victorian State Trauma System website.

As Braun himself confirmed in yet another tweet:

Braun told the Daily Dot that his fake post was “satirizing those on the right who are protesting Nike in this case, by mocking their form of ‘protest.'”

“The fact that people think this is something that might be real is quite telling about our society right now. My post is really more of a commentary on how stupid I think they are, by pretending to be stupid myself.”

“I fully support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest, and support his cause to create dialogue about race.”

Braun’s joke blurring the lines of reality did not go unnoticed by this Twitter user.

Meanwhile, the actual burning of Nike apparel continues as part of the boycotting movement.

Kaepernick inspired other athletes to “take a knee” in protest during the National Anthem to demonstrate against police brutality that has claimed the lives of many unarmed African Americans.

The new ad features a closeup of the star athlete with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” which is in reference to the NFL allegedly colluding to keep him off the field because of his demonstrations.

Donald Trump, however, sees taking a knee as an act of violation disrespecting the American flag and the country.

H/T – 12Up, Snopes, Twitter, Vox, DailyDot, NYtimes

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1