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Lil Nas X Music Video Backlash And Getting Sued For ‘Satan Shoes’

Lil Nas X is receiving a lot of hate and backlash for his newly released music video of his song ‘Montero (Call Me by My Name)’. If you have not watched it yet, it’s a controversial video about a queer retelling of humanity’s banishment from the Garden of Eden. While this version sends a lot of Greek mythology and biblical symbolism, some fans are not happy about what the story depicts.

The music video also shows Lil Nas X having an illicit affair with a demonic serpentine creature and accepting his fate by descending into Hell through a pole dance. And weirdly enough it transitions to him giving the king of the dead a lap dance before snapping the devil’s neck and claiming the throne.

You’ll be able to hear him narrate in parts of the music video as well, “In life, we hide the parts of ourselves we don’t want the world to see” and “We lock them away, we tell them, ‘No,’ we banish them. But here, we don’t. Welcome to Montero.” Lil Nas X said in an interview with Time, that he grew up in a religious household that was “fear-based”, and hoped that this video would reach LGBTQ youth who are still in the church.

“Even as a little child, I was really scared of every single mistake I may or may not have made,” he told Time. “I want kids growing up feeling these feelings, knowing they’re a part of the LGBTQ community, to feel like they’re OK and they don’t have to hate themselves.”

To escalate the situation further, he promoted the song by launching a limited edition of “Satan Shoes” in collaboration with MSCHF, which only had 666 pairs for release. The shoes featured an inverted cross, a bronze pentagram, and a drop of human blood. Nike was aware of this and immediately responded by suing MSCHF for unauthorised “Satan Shoes”.

MSCHF x Lil Nas X "Satan Shoes" 🏹 👟Nike Air Max '97 🩸Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood 🗡️666 Pairs, individually numbered 💰$1,018 🗓️March 29th, 2021 — SAINT (@saint) March 26, 2021

MSCHF was actually known for its 2019 “Jesus Shoes” which was a pair of white Nike Air Max 97s with custom stitching and 90ccs of water from the River Jordan which cost $1,425 a pair. Nike was fine with the “Jesus Shoes” but is not happy with the “Satan Shoes” that are sold for $1,108 a pair. However, Nike argues that “making changes to the midsole may pose safety risks for consumers” and that a satanic shoe containing literal blood is bad for Nike’s branding.

Lil Nas X responded to outspoken conservative figures that voiced their disapproval by posting an “apology video” on his Twitter, replied to moralistic critics, and shared memes on his feed about his music video:

Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe — nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021

ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job! — nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021
yes — nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021
me after the nike lawsuit — nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 29, 2021

In addition to the tweets, he even joked about dropping a Chick-fil-A themed shoe collection to “even the score”.

we have decided to drop these to even the score. damn y’all happy now? — nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021

While gaining a lot of media attention scored him a lot of views for his music video (39 Million today), Lil Nas X did tweet that the backlash is slowly taking a toll on him emotionally. What do you think about this controversy, are you digging the song or out to cancel Lil Nas X?


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