Lil Nas X Calls Out Double Standard Of Public's Reaction To Tony Hawk's Blood-Infused Skateboards
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Lil Nas X has pointed out the double standards of there being 'no public outrage' over Tony Hawk creating skateboards infused with his blood, having faced a backlash for his own 'Satan Shoes' earlier this year.
The rapper debuted the trainers back in March, having teamed up with streetwear brand MSCHF to create modified versions of the iconic Nike Air Max '97.
Not only did the Satan Shoes cause a bit of a stir because they had a pentagram attached to the front, and featured a reference to Luke 10:18 - a Bible verse about Satan's fall from heaven - they also contained a drop of human blood in the sole, drawn from members of the MSCHF team.
At $1,018 (£740) each, all 666 available pairs sold out in less than a minute - while Nike was forced to deny any involvement in the custom trainers.
Since then, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk has teamed up with drinks manufacturer Liquid Death to make a limited edition run of boards, which had been decorated with paint infused with his blood.
Priced at $500 (£364), only 100 were made, with money going towards 'killing plastic pollution and to building skate parks in under served communities'.
Lil Nas X has now taken to Twitter to call out the fact there has been 'no public outrage' over the skateboards, asking people if they were 'mad' about his product for another reason.
He wrote: "Now that Tony Hawk has released skateboards with his blood painted on them, and there was no public outrage, are y'all ready to admit y'all were never actually upset over the blood in the shoes?
"And maybe u were mad for some other reason?"
now that tony hawk has released skateboards with his blood painted on them, and there was no public outrage, are y'all ready to admit y'all were never actually upset over the blood in the shoes? and maybe u were mad for some other reason?
- nope :baby: (@LilNasX) August 25, 2021
Agreeing with Lil Nas X, one fan pointed out that Hawk was deemed 'okay' as he was a 'cishet, white dude selling skateboards with his blood infused into the paint'.
Meanwhile, the fan continued, Lil Nas X faced 'Satanic panic' as he was a 'gay, Black dude selling shoes with a drop of his blood in the sole'. They added sarcastically: "What could POSSIBLY be the problem here?"
Others tried to argue that neither homophobia nor racism had been at play, suggesting the only issue was with the Satanic nature of the shoe.
But another person commented: "I love the 91747289 other reasons they've made up in this thread. Almost like they were already prepared to defend their racism & homophobia."