An American rapper, Lil Nas X, has just released a video clip for his song entitled MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name). For the video clip, Lil Nas X collaborated with streetwear company MSCHF to design a shoe called the ‘ Satan Shoes‘, which will only be available for 666 pairs.
These shoes are thought to be the finish of a modified Nike Air Max 97s shoe. What is controversial is the content of a drop of blood in the sole of the shoe which is taken directly from the blood of a member of the MSCHF team.
The shoes are also equipped with decorations that refer to the verse in the Bible, namely Luke 10:18, about the coming down of Satan from heaven. These shoes will sell for $ 1,018.
These demon shoes have angered the Catholic public who are celebrating Palm Sunday, (28/3).
Nike has readily stated its non-involvement with the ‘devil’s shoe’.
“We have no relationship with the Nas X or MSCHF, Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not support them,” Nike said in a statement.
Nike, in its lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, said the shoes were produced “without Nike’s approval and authorization,” and the company was “in no way connected with this project.”
“There is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product,” the lawsuit said
In 2019, MSCHF released a pair of Nike Air Max 97 shoes which they modified and named ‘Jesus Shoes’ which contained water from the Jordan River inside.
The rapper, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, released a short YouTube video on Sunday in connection with his apology for the controversy he reaped over the shoe.
Nike asked the court to immediately stop MSCHF from fulfilling orders for the shoes and requested a jury trial to seek damages. Representatives for Lil Nas X and MSCHF did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
the human blood…
The devilish aspects of the shoe design might be enough to disturb some. But the ante went way, way up when actual blood from “about six” MSCHF employees was mixed into the shoe’s soles, as The New York Times reported on Sunday.
Daniel Greenberg, one of MSCHF’s founders, told the newspaper that a drop of blood is mixed in with ink that fills an air bubble in the sneaker, which is a Nike Air Max 97. He then gave the newspaper an iconic quote when asked who drew the blood: “Uhhhhhh yeah hahah not medical professionals we did it ourselves lol.”
Lil Nas X reacts
A representative for Lil Nas X didn’t respond to a request for an official comment. But in addition to tweeting about the shoe giveaway, as mentioned above, the musician has been tweeting jokes about the Nike lawsuit. One tweet shows Squidward of SpongeBob SquarePants sitting in a cardboard box begging for money and is captioned, “me after the Nike lawsuit.”