Kristi Noem has slammed rapper Lil Nas X for promoting his ‘Satan Shoes’ sneakers which each include a drop of human blood during Holy Week.
The criticism comes after the 21-year-old Old Town Road hitmaker released a scandalous Satanic themed music video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – featuring Lil Nas as a demon with horns and wings before he rides a stripper pole to hell and gives Satan a lap dance.
South Dakota Governor Noem has led the conservative voices damning the rapper for his risque and irreverent religious theme in the run up to Easter.
‘Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive.’ But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul,’ she tweeted.
‘We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.
Lil Nas X is promoting Montero by collaborating with streetwear company MSCHF on the modified sneakers which have been marketed as ‘Satan’s Shoes.’
Their design includes a pentagram pendant, and an upside down crucifix. Lil Nas is selling a limited edition 666-run of customized Nike Air’s – a number often used to signify the Devil, the antichrist, or evil in general.
The shoes which will be on sale from Monday are being sold for $1,018, a reference to the Bible’s Book of Luke 10:18, a verse where Jesus describes seeing Satan ‘fall like lightning from heaven.’
MSCHF had in the past made modified Nikes termed ‘Jesus Shoes’ that included holy water in the shoes’ soles drawn from the River Jordan.
Nike quickly issued a statement distancing themselves from the Satan Shoes, denying any involvement, as they are MSCHF’s modifications of existing shoes.
‘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,’ the company stressed in a statement.
Lil Nas appears to be enjoying the notoriety replying directly to Noem and mocking her for even getting involved.
‘ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job!’
In a further response Nas detailed his stance: ‘I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s*** y’all preached would happen to me because i was gay. so i hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.’
What appears to have riled Noem about the specially branded Nike Air Max ’97 sneakers are the fact they allegedly contain ‘Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood.’ Only 666 pairs of the shoes have been manufactured
Although Nas was praised by fans who approved of the pro-LGBTQ messaging, some believe the Satanic themes are highly controversial coming during Lent.
American conservative author and talk show host, Candace Owens also shoes were ‘keeping black America behind.’
‘We’ve turned George Floyd, a criminal drug addict, into an icon. We are promoting Satan shoes to wear on our feet. We’ve got Cardi B named as woman of the year. But we’re convinced it’s white supremacy that’s keeping black America behind. How stupid can we be? ‘Owens wrote.
Nas responded to her over several tweets writing: ‘you know you did something right when she talks about it’ and ‘don’t care and ur a flop.’
Greg Locke, the conservative pastor of Global Vision Bible Church, lashed out at Lil Nas X in his sermon on Sunday calling him ‘a thug’.
‘I didn’t even know who Lil Nas X was,’ he told the congregation. ‘Little thug, whoever he is. I had no idea who he was.’
Locke said that he would never listen to the rapper’s music again because it is a ‘bunch of devil-worshipping wicked nonsense.’
‘You think I’m going to stand for that? You’ve lost your mind. You tell Lil Nas X I said so. Bunch of Satanism, bunch of wickedness, bunch of devil-ism, bunch of demonism, bunch of psychotic wickedness!’
Conservative author, Nick Adams who has been backed by former President Trump in the past tweeted: ‘Clowns like @LilNasX & @iamcardib couldn’t last 30 seconds on a debate stage with the likes of @RealCandaceO!’
Once again, Nas responded personally to the writer.
‘u can’t last 30 seconds in bed with your wife,’ he tweeted.
Frequent Fox Business panelist Carol Roth also shared her disdain for the shoes.
‘LMAO- I remember when Nike pulled the shoes featuring the Betsy Ross flag for being ‘too controversial’ and ‘offensive’ and now they are marketing ‘Satan Shoes’ with ‘human blood’. We really do live in stupid times…’
On Sunday night, Nas responded in a video entitled ‘Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe.’
It started with the clip showing the rapper saying, ‘OK guys, I see everyone’s been talking about this shoe, and I just want to come forward to say –’ before it suddenly cuts to a section of the music video that shows Nas performing a dance on the Devil’s lap.
After the song was released on Friday, Nas put out an open letter to his younger self about coming out.
The rapper, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill and who is openly gay, explained the song was about a guy he met last summer.
‘I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist,’ he wrote.
Source: Daily Mail