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Left image via PalmTreeCorpse, right image via Kim Jong-un

By now you would’ve heard about former NFL player Colin Kaepernick fronting Nike’s 30th anniversary campaign that’s been met with considerable backlash.

The ex-quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers made headlines in 2016 for kneeling during the US national anthem to oppose racial injustice.

Though some have supported the move, others aren’t as agreeable and have called for boycotts on Nike. In addition to US President Donald Trump responding to the sport brand’s endorsement of the athlete for the campaign, brutal memes inspired by Kaepernick’s black-and-white Nike ad with the words, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. Just Do It,” have surfaced on the internet.

While some are more lighthearted than others—such as the above references to Marvel Comics character ‘Thanos’ and a troll by the satire Facebook page named after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un—others encompass a more somber tone, including this reference to the late Pat Tillman shown directly below.

Tillman was a former NFL player who left behind his sports career to serve in the US Army. He passed away while on duty in Afghanistan. Paul Manafort—former campaign chief for Trump—and retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn also became subjects of the memes.

This is what you should have done. pic.twitter.com/5qdsQNxd4f

— F L O C K I N C. (@JordyAri) September 4, 2018

I’ll just leave this here pic.twitter.com/9DxNPgLqVB

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 4, 2018

Here you go @Nike pic.twitter.com/WBzZp0fRTy

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 3, 2018

pic.twitter.com/D6O9wmXOKq

— – (@PalmTreeCorpse) September 3, 2018

#nike #justdoit

Posted by Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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