“Old Town Road” artist Lil’ Nas X released a pair of limited-edition Nike sneakers this month containing human blood, an inverted pentagram, and a Bible verse about Satan having fallen from heaven, which garnered widespread backlash—yet nonetheless sold out in less than a minute.
The sneakers were produced by an art collective called MSCHF, whose members donated the blood used to make the shoes.
The 666 pairs of the diabolical footwear were made using Nike Air Max 97s yet the sportswear giant was not involved in their production and has since filed a suit against MSCHF for copyright infringement.
The “Satan Shoes,” their surprisingly uncreative nickname for so, ahem, imaginative a product, were priced at $1,018 a pair.
This is a reference to the Bible verse Luke 10:18, which is also inscribed on the shoes and reads, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
CNN notes that each of the air bubble in the sole contains red ink and “one drop” of human blood. A MSCHF spokesperson said of this stomach-churning addition, “We love to sacrifice for our art.”
The shoes were released just after a new single from Lil’ Nas X in which he dances around provocatively with the Prince of Darkness himself. The shocking video had already garnered a fair amount of criticism from the faith community.
However, upon criticism for his novel—and pricey—product idea, he feigned an apology by way of a YouTube video titled to appear as though he planned to repent of his creation.
In response, 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.
In the wake of the controversial music video’s release, Lil Nas X, who is an out homosexual, responded to the backlash on Twitter, 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 you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves,” he added.
i spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit 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.
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 27, 2021
I think all of our readers would emphatically agree this is a man very much in need of prayer and the genuine love of God. There is no way to know if those he grew up around were genuinely trying to save his soul, but legitimate Christians know that God does not want him to be angry with himself for his sexuality, but rather to humble himself before His face and experience His all-encompassing redemption.
Too often, the world flirts with Satan worship because, lacking a biblical worldview, it is simply edgy and fun. As a homosexual rapper, Lil Nas X clearly enjoyed riling up people of faith who would otherwise be praying for his redemption and salvation.
“We all knew that some people would take the satan element of this seriously…but I’m not sure we were entirely prepared for how much of a furor it would cause,” a member of MSCHF complained, according to CNN. “Obviously from our perspective, it’s just fun, right? There’s a really rich wealth of symbol(ism) to work with, but some people have been very up in arms with it.”
If there was ever a case of pleading forgiveness for those who do not know what they do—or Whose name they disgrace—it is this.
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