Baltimore's Bryant condemns 'slave' Adidas and sunglasses in church

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore mega-church pastor Jamal Bryant had fashion on his mind Monday, first condemning "Slave Adidas" and then saying sunglasses have no place in church.

Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple and also an increasing player on the national scene, often at the side of Trayvon Martin's parents, is an avid Tweeter with a following of nearly 100,000 people.

He had nothing good to say about the controversial shoes known as "slave Adidas," suede athletic shoes with plastic shackles that clamp onto the shin like an accessory. After a firestorm erupted over what people saw as the shoe's slave undertones, Adidas pulled their planned release Monday.

"And can't understand why we are offended!" he Tweeted angrily. "More tragic is that a black man designed them."

The shoes were actually created by Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott.

Feeling his inner fashion critic, Bryant -- actually a very snappy dresser -- moved on to eyewear in church.

"Unless you have a black eye or pink eye," he said, "there is NO reason to have sunglasses on in church!!"

The message clearly hits a chord. It's already been retweeted at least 132 times and favorited by 20.

Some of Bryant's followers, apparently as disgusted as Bryant by people's fashion choices for worship, quickly Tweeted their approval.

"A shame and I would call them out that's way to disrespectful," said one follower with the handle "Beauty&Brains."

Kelvin Hall said: "Amen preacha! I have always felt the exact same as this. IS it the camouflage of a dishonest soul or insecurity?"

Other followers giggled and played along, wanting to know if there were any exceptions to the "no Sunday shades" rule:

"What bout a lazy eye? I'm sorry I had to," one wanted to know.

Another asked: "Or NO eyes!!!.....LOL."

"What about those with a very bright future...?" said Joe Benjamin, with the punchline.

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