Nike has distanced itself from Lil Nas X after the 'Old Town Road' artist announced he would be releasing custom sneakers that contain a drop of human blood.
The singer joined forces with streetwear brand MSCHF in creating the custom kicks and have dubbed 'Satan Shoes'.
They are modified Nike Air Max 97s adorned with a pentagram pendant and a reference to Luke 10:18, a Bible verse about Satan's fall from heaven.
MSCHF x Lil Nas X "Satan Shoes"
:athletic_shoe:Nike Air Max '97
Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood
:dagger:️666 Pairs, individually numbered
:calendar_spiral:️March 29th, 2021 pic.twitter.com/XUMA9TKGSX
- SAINT (@saint) March 26, 2021
With just 666 pairs available to purchase, they'll be sold for the hefty price of $1,018 - a reference to the Bible verse included on the shoes - and also contain a drop of human blood in the sole, drawn from members of the MSCHF team.
The 21-year-old announced the collaboration over social media and immediately drew criticism from followers who weren't a fan of his satanic imagery of late.
It also followed his music video for 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)', which also features depictions of the devil and sexual undertones.
One Twitter user wrote: "This is outrageous, disgusting and perverted and on #PalmSunday no less. Somehow @lilnasx thinks that Satanic worship should be mainstream and normal. I don't think there have been better candidates to cancel than LilNasX and these shoes."
Others, however, praised the singer for bringing back 'Satanic panic', with one fan commenting: "I love how Lil Nas X single-handedly reignited Satanic Panic. A legend."
Chile no shade but Lil Nas X's new video was a little too satanic for me. Like he literally was giving the devil a lap dance. Y'all ain't even hiding it anymore.
- Ben (@thekingofmess) March 26, 2021
Me in hell after reselling them Lil Nas X shoes pic.twitter.com/jOq9PLhSkI
- :pensive: (@YoungTarantino) March 27, 2021
But before you try and get your hands on the fresh kicks, you need to be aware of something.
Nike has released a statement saying they were not involved in the creation of the devilish sneakers, saying: "We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF.
"Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them."
Meanwhile, Lil Nas X has defended his use of religious and Satanic imagery, retweeting a reply to a now-deleted post that read: "There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop. Me sliding down a CGI pole isn't what's destroying society.
there is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop. me sliding down a cgi pole isn't what's destroying society. https://t.co/H21SMVnfNQ
- nope (@LilNasX) March 26, 2021
Other users pointed out that Satanic imagery has been used in music for decades, posting the cover art of Slipknot, Black Sabbath and Slayer as examples.
On Saturday, Lil Nas X again took to Twitter amid the backlash to explain his struggle with his sexuality as a teen, writing, "I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s**t y'all preached would happen to me because I was gay."
"So I hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves."
The video debuted on Friday and has since gone viral, boasting over 26 million views.
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