Lil Nas X thinks the haters of his Satan Shoes can go straight to hell.
The Old Town Road artist condemned the backlash against the controversial kicks as a federal court sided with Nike in a court battle over the Satanic shoes.
Nike filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the rapper, accusing his Brooklyn-based studio of allowing consumers to think the sportswear giant endorsed Satanism.
A limited run of 666 pairs of the shoes – customised Nike Air Max 97s said to contain a drop of human blood – was created by art collective MSCHF and the rapper.
Lil Nas X spoke out on Twitter after US District Judge Eric Komitee issued a temporary restraining order barring MSCHF from fulfilling any more orders.
“I haven’t been upset until today. I feel like it’s f***ed up they have so much power they can get shoes cancelled,” the 21-year-old Grammy winner tweeted. “Freedom of expression gone out the window. But that’s gonna change soon.”
The artist also bemoaned the fact that Komitee’s ruling prevented him and MSCHF from raffling off a pair of the shoes online.
That is the only pair of the 666 MSCHF-produced shoes that had not already been shipped to buyers, who quickly snapped them up after they went on sale on Monday, according to the studio’s lawyers.
“Sorry guys, I’m legally not allowed to give the 666th pair away anymore because of the crying nerds on the internet,” Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, said in another tweet.
Lil Nas X’s posts echoed an argument MSCHF made in court while defending itself against the lawsuit.
The shoes were released to promote Lil Nas X’s new single, Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which came with a music video in which the crossover star gives the devil a lap dance.
In a statement after the court ruling, MSCHF said it was “delighted” to work with Lil Nas X on the Satan Shoes, which were meant as a companion piece to the holy water-infused Jesus Shoes the collective released in 2019.
“Satan Shoes started a conversation, while also living natively in its space,” the statement said. “It is art created for people to observe, speculate on, purchase and own.”
MSCHF has pointed out that Nike didn’t sue over the Jesus Shoes, which also used the Air Max 97 as a base. But Nike said in court filings that it has not ruled out taking legal action over the Jesus Shoes.
While the court battle marches on, Lil Nas X might already be working on his next product.
“I will be selling Call Me By Your Name d*ldo bundles to help promote the song this weekend,” he tweeted.
This story was originally published on the New York Post and is reproduced here with permission