Lil Nas X has reportedly caused some serious trouble for the clothing brand MSCHF Product Company who he enlisted to help create the controversial “Satan Shoes.”
According to TMZ, Nike is suing the company for trademark infringement because the iconic Nike Swoosh logo is still prominently featured on X’s customized versions. The sneaker giant is seeking damages and wants a judge to block all future sales. However, Lil Nas X isn’t named in the lawsuit.
The shoes contain 66 CCs of red ink, one drop of human blood in its sole, a pentagram pendant over the laces and “Luke 10:18” embroidered on the side, a Bible verse about Satan’s fall from heaven. Because they are customized Nike Air Max 97s, people automatically assumed Nike was behind the collaboration. Even retired NBA star Nick Young made the mistake of actually targeting Nike on Twitter, suggesting he was contemplating a boycott.
But Nike claims MSCHF buys the shoes from Nike, then the artist it works with make their own creative modifications before selling them at a higher price.In this case, Lil Nas X is charging over $1,000 for the 666 pairs he had made. Although if Nike has anything to say about it, Lil Nas X and MSCHF won’t have a chance to clear their inventory.
MSCHF has sold plenty of modified Nikes, including one called “Jesus Shoes” which were filled with Holy Water. Unsurprisingly, they failed to generate any press unlike the “Satan Shoes” that have been a trending Twitter topic all weekend.
Pastor Mark Burns, who has appeared as a commentator on CNN and Fox News, tweeted in horror, “This is evil and heresy and I pray that Christians rise up against this,” while 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!”
Lil Nas X has apparently caught wind of the impending lawsuit and fired off a tweet joking about how poor he’ll be if Nike wins.
“Me after the nike lawsuit,” he wrote alongside a clip of a cartoon character begging for spare change.