Nike has denied any involvement in an announcement by singer Lil Nas X that he would release bespoke “Satan shoes,” sneakers containing a drop of human blood.
The singer collaborated with streetwear label MSCHF to create the shoes, which are modified Nike Air Max 97 and feature a pentagram pendant and a reference to a Bible verse, Luke 10:18 – “I saw Satan fall like lightning. of the sky”.
The shoes are linked to a song and video, Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which shows Lil Nas X spinning in the devil’s lap.
They follow MSCHF’s Jesus Shoes – which contained a drop of holy water.
The shoes, available as of Monday, will be limited to 666 pairs, priced at $ 1,018 and will contain: “60 cc of ink and a drop of human blood.” “
In a statement to the New York Times, Nike said it was not involved in the project.
“We don’t have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF,” the company said. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them. “
The shoes sparked an uproar on social media, reigniting the debate over satanic images in music.
Basketball player Nick Young referred to the great success of Lil Nas X when he wrote: “My kids will never play at Old Town Road again. “
Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota and a rising star of the Trumpist Republican right, wrote on Twitter: “It’s scandalous, disgusting and perverted and the #PalmSunday no less.
” Either way [Lil Nas X] thinks satanic worship should be common and normal. I don’t think there were any better contenders to cancel than Lil Nas X and these shoes.
It added: “We tell our children that this type of product is not only correct, it is“ exclusive ”. But do you know what is more exclusive? Their eternal soul given by God. We are fighting for the soul of our nation. We have to fight hard. And we have to fight smart. We have to win. “
In response, the singer tweeted: “You are a full-fledged governor and you [are] here tweeting about some damn shoes Do your job! “
Lil Nas X later posted a satirical “apology,” which contained footage from Montero’s (Call Me By Your Name) video of him dancing on the devil’s lap. In the comments, he wrote “I’m so sorry, real apologies,” before posting a link to the full clip.
He later tweeted: “There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop. Slipping onto a CGI pole is not what destroys the company. ”
The added: “I spent all of my teenage years hating myself for the shit you preached that would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope you’re crazy, stay crazy [and] feel the same anger you teach us to have for ourselves.