I am not a shoe person. I actually have bought the same brand and model of shoe for the past 5 or so years. People are buying and selling shoes nowadays for hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I prefer the sneakers that go for $54.99 on Amazon, but that’s just me.
Well, apparently there are a pair of shoes causing quite a stir today.
Rapper Lil Nas X, best known for his song “Old Town Road,” has debuted a new style of shoe called “Satan Shoes.” He partnered with “streetwear” company (whatever that means) MSCHF to make these Satanic sneakers. Apparently, these shoes are modified Nike Air Max 97’s. The shoes are decorated with a pentagram pendant thingy and a Bible verse about the Devil’s fall from Heaven. All very bizarre and not really my cup of tea. Just to top it off, they only made 666 pairs of the shoes. Do you get it?
A few super religious folks on social media were complaining that the rapper was trying to monetize and promote demonic worship. Which if you asked me, is kind of what a few religious groups have done as well. But that’s a story for another day.
The major part of the shoes that people are upset about is the fact that there is a drop of human blood in the sole of every sneaker. That is a major problem to people. Even getting to the point where Nike put out a statement saying that they are not involved in this. Nike’s statement read “We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF. Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
Nike, and those who are “offended” by the shoes are trying to take the moral high ground and shun the rapper for the shoes. Now, don’t get me wrong, the shoes are really stupid. In my opinion, nobody should want shoes with a pentagram and a Bible verse on them. Just like nobody should want a pair of shoes with a cross on it and a more friendly Bible verse. But, to each their own I suppose.
What I have a big problem is these people getting on their high horses about satanic worship and human blood being on shoes.
These same people (Nike) are also the ones who partner with the Chinese Communist Party that is using concentration camp labor to make the products that Nike then sells. The Chinese government is using UIghurs, a muslim group, in forced labor camps as a part of a potential genocidal effort. These camps are used to make all kinds of merchandise that China then sells all around the world for nothing but profit off of the slave labor.
I’m not here to get into the political and human rights issues here. What I am pointing out is the hypocrisy of these online whiners about a drop of blood from a willing participant.
If you own anything made in China, which you all do, then I am sure there was some kind of atrocity that occured to get you that product. Whether that atrocity be child labor, workplace abuse, physical abuse or even murders, I can guarantee you would not approve of how your other sneakers got made. It is also shameful that the “human rights activists” that are online tweeting about issues in America, are also the ones purchasing these products that are made in horrid conditions. The hypocrisy of these grand standers is thick and embarrassing. I’m sure the higher-ups at Nike that took moments to separate themselves from these “devil shoes” are very well aware of the human atrocities that occur to make each pair of Jordan sneakers.
And let’s look at this thing logically people. If you really don’t want these shoes to be sold, stop promoting them on your social media platform. Have we forgotten the old phrase, “any publicity is good publicity?” That’s not always the case nowadays, but the shoes aren’t going to be pulled from shelves and all the complainers have done is brought mainstream attention to something they don’t like. Not a good strategy if you asked me.
I’ll give a bit of advice to those who are offended by a pair of shoes. First, stop promoting something you don’t like, you’re hurting your cause. Second, and most importantly, stop whining about someone’s taste in shoe design. If you are truly “offended” by a star in a circle and a Biblical phrase on a shoe, you really need to take a good look in the mirror. Your priorities are way off.