Lil Nas X is 100% not here for pearl-clutchers coming at him over his “Satan Shoes”
Rapper and singer Lil Nas X recently launched a pair of “Satan Shoes,” which is part of a collaboration with New York-based art collective MSCHF. Dozens of people spoke out in protest over the shoes on social media and his comeback game was both sharp and hilarious.
The $1,018 shoes, which feature a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross, and a drop of real human blood in the shoe’s air bubble were made using 666 pairs of Nike Air Max 97s, though Nike is not affiliated with the new design in any way. “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF,” the company told CNN. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
Lil Nas X didn’t come to play when it came to his clap-backs for those who have a problem with the shoes.
People quick to condemn the sneakers, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who tweeted in part, “We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.” Dramatic much?
Kent State gun girl Kaitlyn Bennett (who is most remembered for shitting herself at a college party) got into quite the, um, exchange with the rapper.
The rapper also posted a video to his official YouTube account titled “Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe,” which looks like he’s about to apologize but it quickly cuts to his new music video, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” showing him dressed provocatively, pole dancing, and giving Satan a lap dance before snapping his neck.
The rapper wasn’t done yet.
Others like pastor Mark Burns, who has appeared as a commentator on CNN and Fox News, tweeted in part, “This is evil and heresy and I pray that Christians rise up against this.”
Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Kaya Jones tweeted, “I told y’all what was up a long time ago! You are ready for what we are facing. Better start reading your Bible!”
The singer responded in kind with a mock-up for the anti-Satan sneaker crowd.
Not only did Lil Nas X continue to own people on Twitter, he also responded to those who said he’s a role model to children after so many kids loved “Old Town Road,” saying, “i made the decision to create the music video. i am an adult. i am not gonna spend my entire career trying to cater to your children. that is your job.” He also had harsh (but fair) words for those who believe his music video, the shoes, or the fact that he’s unapologetically, openly gay mean the world is ending.
Whatever your thoughts on the shoe collab or his music video, can we all agree his Twitter game is solid gold?