Lil Nas X's ‘Satan Shoes’: Church of Satan approves ‘human blood’ sneakers, says ‘you deserve all the praise’
Lil Nas X (LNX) recently released a video for 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)', which features "plenty of devilish imagery". Despite the backlash received, it seems like the singer isn't done yet. Lil Nas X also released a pair of custom Nike shoes, which have enraged a lot of internet users. But the singer and rapper has also found an ally in the Church of Satan. The Church issued their seal of approval via Twitter, lending the singer some support, as he was bashed by many online.
The 21-year-old singer unveiled his 'Satan shoes' on Monday, 29 March. Apart from anger by social media users, the singer also attracted the attention of Nike. The shoes were created in partnership with streetwear brand MSCHF, without any input from Nike. The company announced its intention to sue MSCHF for taking on the project without authorization.
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The shoes are a pair of modified Nike Air Max 97s. They feature a pentagram pendant and mention Luke 10:18, a verse about Lucifer’s descent into hell. If that wasn't enough, the shoes also feature a drop of blood on the sole. Within minutes of releasing, all 666 pairs of the limited edition kicks sold out for $1,018 a pair. The marketing plan was a great way to drum up attention to his 'Monetro' single, which the Church noticed.
Church's seal of approval: 'Hook us up with a pair fam'
In a statement to TMZ, David Harris, magister for the Church of Satan said the shoes "are getting a ton of love from the Church because they embrace the essence of Satanism." He also added, "Satanists are digging the way Lil Nas X is turning against religion to market his customized Nike Air Max 97 shoes." Harris believes the shoes and video show LNX "clearly extending a middle finger to folks who told him he'd burn in hell for his sexuality."
The Church hasn't been shy about its support for the project. Replying to the release, it tweeted, "Hook us up with a pair fam." Later, it also put out another tweet saying, "RT for Satan shoes / like for Jesus shoes." If that wasn't enough, the Church also gave its thumbs-up to LNX's video, tweeting, "The video is a visceral and powerful work clearly celebrating freedom, individuality, and man’s carnal nature. You deserve all the praise you’ve been receiving. Congratulations!"
Hook us up with a pair fam— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) March 27, 2021
RT for Satan shoes / like for Jesus shoes pic.twitter.com/3G160fi8mm— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) March 28, 2021
The video is a visceral and powerful work clearly celebrating freedom, individualality, and man’s carnal nature. You deserve all the paise you’ve been receiving. Congratulations!— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) March 27, 2021
While many may be infuriated with the Church's approval, we should point out that contrary to their name, they do not worship Satan. Instead, the Church is opposed to all ideas of spirituality and the supernatural. According to their website, the Church uses Satan to symbolize "man's true nature". The Church is regularly at the receiving end on social media but often trolls its critics in response. We contacted the Church for further comment, but they are yet to get back to us.