Beatles Fan Sends Nike Hate Mail


Written by Aisha Nozari
05 Monday 05th August 2013

This letter from way back in 1987 has been doing the internet rounds over the weekend. It was written as part of the fan backlash Nike faced after purchasing the rights to The Beatles’ ‘Revolution.’ One fan went as far as to piece together this fiery little letter of severe disapproval, which apparently Nike enjoyed so much it still hangs framed in their corporate office. Have a read:


March 30, 1987

Nike, Inc.
Advertising/Marketing Dept.
3900 SW Murray
Beverton, OR 97005

Dear Sir or Madam:

This letter of complaint is in response to a very nauseating advertisement of yours which I saw on television yesterday. From your complete lack of taste you have created a commercial for your “Michael Jordan” shoes which exploits, defiles and utterly insults Beatles’ fans, and all others of musical distinction. Your debasement of the Beatles’ song, “Revolution”, in the commercial ad is apparently indicative of your lack of integrity as a business. Your tactic, obviously, is to use the Beatles’ universal popularity to sell your product. Have you sunk that low? “Is nothing sacred anymore?”, as the cliche’ goes? Your only motive is to make more money for your greedy selves, and in the process you seemingly could not care less that you have trampled and befouled the precious memories of millions and millions of people throughout the entire world. Your kind makes me puke; you low, vacuous, malodorous perverts. Your dearth of sensitivity is equaled only by your plethora of obnoxiousness. To your credit, you have waited nearly seven years since the death of John Ono Lennon; but it was obviously not done out of respect (Huh? What’s that?) for the deceased.

Throughout my high school years as a basketball player, on to my college years, and up to present day, I have bought your athletic shoes. However, as of this very day, I can assure you that I, and many of my friends, will never, EVER, contribute in any way whatsoever to your sickeningly corporate-selling tactics. You know, with people like you in the world, euthanasia has untapped possibilities.

Thank you, and I hope you choke.

Very untruly yours,




Maybe you're in agreement with this cry baby, because in your eyes selling out is still a thing and staying profitable in the digital age isn't. Either way, check out the 1987 commercial below.

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  • Guest: leathercpr
    Mon 05 - Aug - 2013, 16:49
    Funny that the poster of this article got so "pissy" about the letter itself. Maybe they should meet up with the letter writer for a session of mutual pointless bitching. Oh sh!t i think i just joined their bitch cycle!