Apparently you can tell Lil Nas X something, at least when it comes to his “Satan Shoes”.
U.S. District Court Judge Eric Komitee granted Nike a temporary restraining order on Wednesday.
It aims to prevent the American art collective MSCHF Product Studio from selling “Satan Shoes” that use the Nike Air Max 97 as a base, according to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
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The controversial shoes were a collaboration with the 21-year-old rapper, which MSCHF and Lil Nas X promoted on Monday March 29 via social media.
MSCHF modified the shoes with prints that said “1/666” and “Luke 10:18” with a gold pentagram and a liquid-effect sole that would contain a single drop of human blood. The company quickly sold out of the 666 pairs it was making for $ 1,018 each.
Nike filed a four-part complaint against MSCHF on Monday, including trademark infringement, misapplication of origin and unfair competition, brand dilution and common law trademark infringement and unfair competition. Lil Nas X is not named a defendant in the lawsuit, according to documents uploaded by The Fashion Law.
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In a statement sent to Fox News on Thursday, MSCHF claimed the Satan shoes were created as an artistic commentary, much like the holy water-filled Jesus shoes that debuted in 2019.
“Over a year ago, we released the Jesus Shoes. As a manifested speculative work, Jesus Shoes combines the culture of celebrity collaboration and brand worship with religious worship in a line of limited edition art objects, ”says MSCHF. “Last week’s release of Satan Shoes, in collaboration with Lil Nas X, was no different. Satan Shoes struck up a conversation, while also living natively in his space. It is an art created for people to observe, speculate, buy and own. Heresy only exists in relation to doctrine: who is Nike to censor one but not the other? ”
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Nike’s lawyers have allegedly argued that MSCHF’s Satan shoes damage the brand of sneaker giants and have confused customers who believe it is an original Nike creation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, an MSCHF lawyer submitted a letter on Wednesday opposing Nike’s request for a temporary restraining order. The art collective maintains that it made it clear that the Satan shoes were a collaboration with Lil Nas X and not Nike, according to defense attorney Megan K. Kannigan.
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“There is no imminent or immediate threat of irreparable harm from Satan shoes,” the letter read before explaining, “all but one pair of shoes have already been sold and shipped”.
The final shoe was being held for a gift, but MSCHF was reportedly delayed due to the ongoing litigation. MSCHF will not be producing additional Satan shoes, the letter explains.
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Representatives for Lil Nas X and Nike did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The release of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes coincides with Lil Nas X’s music video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” which debuted on Friday and shows the rapper dancing with the devil and taking his crown. In an explanatory video provided by Lil Nas X to Genius, the young artist said that “Montero” was partly linked to his attraction to a man and the dark temptations of Hollywood.
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Lil Nas X’s latest song comes two years after the success of his hit “Old Town Road”.