Lil Nas X and MSCHF have released and presold 666 pairs of “Satan Shoes” as part of promotional efforts for the release of the new “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” single and music video. This latest affront to basic decency is not only tasteless and disrespectful, it is disgustingly unsanitary. The air bubble in the sole of the shoes have been injected with red ink and real human blood.
The Satan Shoes are modified Nike Air Max 97s featuring a large pentagram on the laces, an inverted cross on the tongue loop, and the Bible verse Luke 10:18 on the toe. As if this were not offensive enough, the presale took place the evening before Passover began and leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter, dates that are among the most Holy and sacred holidays for Christianity and Judaism.
Nike, who has been known to push the boundaries of decency, was quick to release a statement distancing themselves from the Satan Shoes and also filed a lawsuit against MSCHF for the sale and creation of these offensive and indecent shoes. Nike stated “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them,” and “We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF.”
The immediate public outrage from the sale and promotion of this disgraceful promotional merchandise was met with mockery from Lil Nas X who released a video titled “Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe.” The video is not an apology at all but flippant stunt that starts like an apology then cuts to a scene from the “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video in which Lil Nas X is giving Satan a lap dance and licking his face.
Despite objections from numerous groups and individuals, Lil Nas X has continued to promote the shoes, mock anyone who finds them offensive and take pleasure in the collective indignation of others. This is why we are asking all social media platforms to enforce their own rules and codes of conduct by removing all offensive material pertaining to the #SatanShoes.