Lil Nas X raises double standard after Tony Hawk pulls off a similar blood-soaked stunt that causes ‘no public outcry’ unlike his ‘Satan Shoes’
Lil’ Nas X points to double standards after skateboarding legend Tony Hawk pulled a similar stunt this week using his own blood.
In March, the rapper – real name Montero Lamar Hill – caused a huge outcry after releasing unofficial “Satan” Nike sneakers with human blood.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Hawke teamed up with the drink Liquid Death to release a limited edition $500 skateboard with its blood soaked in the paint.
Where’s the outrage? Lil Nas X has declared an alleged double standard after Tony Hawk pulled a similar blood-soaked stunt for his “Satan Shoes” that caused “no public outcry.”
On Twitter on Wednesday, Lil Nas said there had been “no public outcry” over Hawke’s marketing ploy, adding: “Are you ready to admit you were never really upset about the blood in the shoes? and maybe you were crazy for some other reason?’
One fan replied, highlighting the difference in reaction between a “gay black guy selling blood shoes” and a “white guy selling blood skateboards.”
The rapper’s controversial sneakers sold out in under a minute in March, while Hawk’s limited edition skateboard line sold out in 20 minutes.
Not so controversial? Hawk teamed up with the drink Liquid Death to release a limited edition $500 skateboard with his blood soaked in the paint
However, Hawk’s partnership with the sparkling water brand Liquid Death was part of a pre-agreed marketing strategy, while Lil Nas was cornered by Nike because his sneakers were unofficial merchandise.
Part of a collaboration between the artist and New York-based art collective MSCHF, the black-and-red sneakers are made with Nike Air Max 97s.
Their design included a pentagram pendant and an upside-down crucifix, and 666 pairs were made.
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They sold out quickly for $1,018 a pair, but Nike later filed a lawsuit against the company MSCHF for trademark infringement, following the public outcry.
The lawsuit was later settled and Lil Nas was not a defendant.
At the time, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem criticized the rapper for promoting the sneakers — and his raunchy new demon-themed music video — during Holy Week.
Sell Out: Despite the high price tag, many simply had to own the new item as all 100 decks sold out within just 20 minutes of the item being posted
His accompanying satanic-themed music video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) raised more than a few eyebrows in the conservative community.
In April, Nike announced it had reached a settlement with Brooklyn-based art collection MSCHF Product Studio Inc. for creating ‘Satan Shoes’ in collaboration with the star.
The shoe giant said MSCHF had agreed to a voluntary recall of the sneakers, which were designed with input from the rapper.