Lil Nas X received a torrential amount of backlash when he released an exclusive line of shoes with a drop of blood in every pair, but Tony Hawk’s new skateboard that is painted with his own blood did not receive the same criticism. Now the singer is questioning the apparent double standard.
The openly gay musician’s Satan Shoes carried over a theme from his music video for the song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” in which he gave the devil a lap dance, snapped his neck, and took his crown. The video was meant to comment on how some religious institutions treat homosexuality as a sin and he continued that criticism into his shoe line.
Lil Nas X was subsequently sued by Nike after the shoes – which resembled an old Nike design – sold out immediately after their release. The satanic shoes also received criticism from politicians, YouTube sneakerheads, and Christian conservatives. However, the world was silent without condemnation today when Tony Hawk released his new “Blood Deck,” a skateboard that is painted with red paint infused with the skater’s own blood.
In a graphic video announcement for the Blood Deck, Tony Hawk is seen physically getting his blood drawn for the skateboard’s paint. There was noticeably no real backlash like what Lil Nas X received in the comments for doing a very similar thing with his shoes.
“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?” Lil Nas X tweeted in response, alluding to his belief that the outrage regarding his shoes was simply due to homophobia. “Maybe u were mad for some other reason?”
“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,” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem wrote on Twitter about the singer’s shoes. “We are in a fight for the soul of our nation.”
Lil Nas X later responded writing, “Ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job!”
Pastor Mark Burns, known for speaking with President Donald Trump on Air Force One, called the shoes “evil and heresy.” Right-wing activist and thinker Candace Owens said that his Black fans should know better than to be “promoting Satan shoes to wear on our feet,” and rapper Joyner Lucas complained that the singer was corrupting our youth.
Tony Hawk’s bloody skateboard, though first announced two days ago, has yet to receive the same kind of fervor.
Ruslan KD, a popular Christian YouTuber, and self-described “critical thinker,” commented on Lil Nas X’s post about Tony Hawk arguing that the problem wasn’t with the use of their blood, but that he used satanic imagery. “Please don’t continue to miss the point,” he wrote, “the vast majority of people, irregardless of their view towards your sexuality, don’t play with satanic imagery.”
Many others were quick to point out in contrast that the Blood Deck, which featured a monster man holding an ax and a skull with the text “Murder Your Thirst” above him, wasn’t too far off thematically from the singer’s satanic sneakers to make such a distinction.
Arguing that homophobia has fueled the drama, Lil Nas X commented Tuesday morning on recent criticism from rapper Boosie Badazz, writing, “the sh-t y’all say about me would drive me crazy if I didn’t already love myself.”
Boosie had called Lil Nas X “disrespectful” on The Breakfast Club radio show, saying that he had to “speak up because as far as straight people in the world, you don’t have any opinion no more on sexuality. Everything is harm!”
“Wow…. this is insane. almost as insane as my new single ‘industry baby’ which is out now!” Lil Nas X trolled in response online. His highly anticipated album, titled Montero, is set to be released on Sep. 17.