Rapper Lil Nas X is clapping back to those offended by his $1,018 Satan Shoes. There has been a ton of chatter specifically about the limited-edition pair of Nike Air Max 97s that contain a drop of real human blood (along with 60 CCs of red ink) in the soles.
Although the shoes, which were created by Lil Nas X and the company MSCHF are Nikes, Nike themselves told Snopes that they have “nothing to do with the creation or sale of” the Satan Shoes.
“We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF,” the company said. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
Launching as a limited-edition “drop” of 666 pairs, each shoe’s air bubble sole contains 60 cubic centimeters (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and “one drop” of human blood, according to MSCHF. They are priced at $1,018 a pair, a reference to the Bible passage Luke 10:18 that reads: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
As expected some people are taking this WAY too seriously. For instance the Governor of North Dakota, Kristi Noem dramatically tweeted, “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. 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.”
Basketball player Nick Young wrote, “My kids will never play Old Town road again.. I’m still debating about wearing @Nike after this come nike a drop of blood for real.”
Young took a step back from his initial tweet with a weird response, “I dnt want know SMOKE! imma say it first I AM SORRY @LilNasX I HOPE y’all believe in that kinda thing forgiveness … these Hackers keep getting me they need to stop.”
The horrid Candace Owens felt she had to weigh in, but Lil Nas X clapped back. Owens tweeted:
“We’ve turned George Floyd, a criminal drug addict, into an icon. We are promoting Satan shoes to wear on our feet. We’ve got Cardi B named as woman of the year. But we’re convinced it’s white supremacy that’s keeping black America behind. How stupid can we be?”
Lil Nas X responded, not once but twice. “Don’t care and ur a flop,” along with, “call me by your name outsold.”
In response to all the criticism over the video and the shoes, Lil Nas X (whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill), posted a video to his official YouTube account titled “Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe,” which has now been viewed over 1.8 million times.
But after a few seconds, the apparent apology cuts to a scene from his new music video, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” showing him dancing provocatively with a devil character. The rapper is then pictured snapping the devil’s neck, before removing his horned crown and assuming it himself.
And then he tweeted this true gem of a response to the shoe outcry, “we have decided to drop these to even the score. damn y’all happy now?”
Keep on being you, Lil Nas X.