Lil Nas X doesn't have time for people's hypocrisy.
Back in April, the 22-year-old "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" rapper sparked a whole lot of controversy when he announced that he was releasing a limited-edition line of customized Nike Air Max 97s with art collective MSCHF. The blacked-out sneakers, which featured pentagrams, soles with red ink and "one drop of human blood," and a reference to Luke 10:80 (a bible verse that reads "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven"), were dubbed the "Satan Shoe" and broke the internet almost immediately, sparking tons of public outrage, mostly from homophobic Christian conservatives.
After Nike filed a lawsuit against MSCHF, sales of the limited-edition Satan Shoe (666 were planned for production) had to be stopped and a judge halted many deliveries of the controversial sneaker.
Fast forward to today, and longtime skating legend Tony Hawk is now collaborating with beverage brand Liquid Death to release a limited-edition run of 100 skateboards with artwork crafted using paint mixed with Hawk's real blood.
While the proceeds from Hawk's (now sold-out) limited-edition skateboards are going to good causes, there is one thing many people are noticing is missing when it comes to the blood-infused boards: public outrage.
Yup, when compared to what X went through in terms of harsh media coverage and online backlash, Hawk and Liquid Death's skateboards are going fairly under the radar. And even X himself is noticing.
"Now that Tony Hawk has released skateboards with his blood painted on them, and there was no public outrage, are y’all ready to admit y’all were never actually upset over the blood in the shoes?" X wrote on Twitter. "And maybe [you] were mad for some other reason?"
Hmmm. We're guessing that the controversy had less to do about the blood and more to do with people being uncomfortable with an outspoken queer artist challenging people's religious views with art, but hey, that's just a theory!
Anyway, justice for the Satan Shoes!