Judge halts fulfillment of Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ amid Nike lawsuit
A judge for the Eastern District of New York granted Nike a temporary restraining order against the company MSCHF on Thursday, according to NBC News, barring it from fulfilling orders for its limited-edition “Satan Shoes,” a collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X.
The Verge reported that MSCHF wrote in response that it had already fulfilled all but one of the 666 planned orders, with the one pair remaining having been set aside for a now-canceled giveaway.
The shoes are restyled Nike Air Max 97s featuring red and black coloration and a pentagram symbol. They were sold by MSCHF and Lil Nax X for $1,018 a pair.
Nike had no part in the project and has publicly sought distance from the shoes.
“Contrary to Nike’s speculation in its papers, all but one pair of the shoes already have been sold and shipped. MSCHF has no intention of issuing additional Satan Shoes,” the attorneys wrote in a court filing, according to The Verge.
The footwear and Lil Nas X drew criticism on social media after the rapper, best known for his viral hit “Old Town Road,” said each shoe would contain one drop of human blood, which MSCHF says was supplied by a company employee, mixed into the red ink.
Lil Nas X has remained defiant amid the controversy, which coincided with the release of a satanic-themed music video for his new song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” The song has already been viewed more than 65 million times on YouTube following its release last Friday.
Conservatives have objected to the video’s demonic imagery, which includes its star sliding down a pole into hell and giving a lap dance to the devil.
“There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop. me sliding down a cgi pole isn’t what’s destroying society,” Lil Nas X tweeted in response to a critic on the day of his video’s release.
there is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop. me sliding down a cgi pole isn’t what’s destroying society. https://t.co/H21SMVnfNQ
— nope (@LilNasX) March 26, 2021
Nike filed its trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday, saying the Satan Shoes constitute a “likelihood of injury to Nike’s business reputation and goodwill.”
— Updated at 2 p.m.
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