Lil Nas X Released Some Satanic Nikes and Right-Wing Pundits Are Freaking Out
Nike has also now reportedly filed a lawsuit over the shoes
Over the weekend, the rapper announced that he was teaming up with art collective MSCHF for a new pair of edited Nike Air Max sneakers called the "Satan Shoe." The sneaker includes, among other things, a pentagram, a reference to the Luke 10:18 Bible verse about Satan falling from heaven and, apparently, a drop of human blood.
For what it's worth, Nike did not have anything to do with the shoes. The company confirmed to Snopes that it has nothing to do with the collaboration.
UPDATE (3/29, 5:25 p.m. ET): According to New York Times reporter Kevin Draper, Nike is now suing designer MSCHF over the Satan Shoe. The filing's complaints include trademark infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution, and common law trademark infringement.
Regardless of that fact, conservatives everywhere are calling for a Nike boycott as they freak out about the shoes. Right-wing pundits like Candace Owens and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem are among the people speaking out against the shoes:
Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it's "exclusive." But do you know what's more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 28, 2021
We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win. https://t.co/m1k1YWFpuo
Even MAGA-loving gun girl Kaitlin Bennett got in on the action, and Lil Nas X had quite a reply:
yep and i might fuck yours https://t.co/PJ9nil77IJ— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 29, 2021
In fact, the rapper and social media master has been absolutely lapping up the attention, replying to conservative blog posts about the stunt with links to his new Satan-themed single "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)." He also made a fake "apology" video and promised to balance things out with some Christian-themed Chick-Fil-A shoes.
Check out some of his posts below.
i'm sampling this https://t.co/H2mlZs9YkW— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021
we have decided to drop these to even the score. damn y'all happy now? pic.twitter.com/RGpCiiRbGb— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021
i literally sing about lean & adultery in old town road. u decided to let your child listen. blame yourself. https://t.co/gYmTi49BqB— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 29, 2021