Hot on the heels of Lil Nas X’s controversial music video Montero going viral on Friday, the singer has now waded into more controversy which has upset fans…
The music video – which now boasts over 30 million views – featured imagery that seemingly mocked the Christian faith; including visuals of himself ‘riding a strip pole into hell’ and even ‘seducing Satan’.
The 21-year-old star has now made headlines after he released a pair of sneakers called ‘Satan shoes’ – which bizarrely contain a drop of human blood!
The sneakers – manufactured by Nike and designed by creative agency MSCHF – also feature a pentagram, an inverted cross and the numbers ‘666’ on it.
Along the sole of the shoes are the words ‘Luke 10:18’ which reference the biblical scripture that reads; “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.
The pair of shoes were prices at an eye-watering $1000 (R15 000).
MSCHF x Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes”
Nike Air Max ’97
Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood
666 Pairs, individually numbered
March 29th, 2021 pic.twitter.com/XUMA9TKGSX
— SAINT (@saint) March 26, 2021
But apart from the popularity of the music video, the sneakers have attracted widespread backlash, with fans stating the singer has ‘taken it too far’.
I think Lil Nas X video is very creative.
I think the shoe marketing, the shoe itself, and the message around it is too far.
— Powell. (@_ashleepowell_) March 27, 2021
Man i used to like Lil nas x but all this satanist shit and now this shoe with nike that contains HUMAN BLOOD yall weird asf ong pic.twitter.com/p7utZfp3pg
— Certified Lover Bo (@OWO_CLB) March 27, 2021
This Lil Nas X and Nike partnership shoe release is revolting and makes my stomach turn.
— Antonio Santoro | Publicist (@IAmTonySantoro) March 27, 2021
that lil nas x shoe is strange. ion play w/ God like that.
— Nicole (@ColeWithDaCurls) March 28, 2021
You’ll get cancelled for saying lil nas x is pushing a gay agenda but @LilNasX won’t get cancelled for literally making a shoe collab with the Devil, scummy devil worshipper, what am I even seeing omds and people STILL won’t question it !! His one way ticket to hell is set pic.twitter.com/24tIveZZxG
— LC2 (@R3alest_) March 27, 2021
Even Nike distanced themselves from the scandal.
“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.”
The star responded to the controversy by posting a video ‘apologising’ after the outcry
However his response seemed to rile up fans even more.
It’s disturbing and honestly super scary how something like actual devil worshiping is presented today and it’s accepted without people seeing that and completely calling it out for what it is and not letting satanism into modern culture as if it’s normal. How far have we fallen?
— AJ Stickman (@PDX_Stickman) March 28, 2021
Bizarrely, the singer announced that he would be releasing another pair of sneakers called ‘Jesus shoes’ in the wake of the scandal.
“We have decided to drop these to even the score. Ya’ll happy now?” he tweeted alongside the announcement.
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