South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is fueding on Twitter with Lil Nas X, the rapper whose recently unveiled “Satan Shoes” contain human blood, reports The Hill.
“Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it's ‘exclusive,’” Noem, a Republican, posted on Twitter. “But do you know what's more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul.”
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Noem tweeted. “We are in a fight for the soul of our nation,” the governor continued. “We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.”
Lil Nas collaborated with the Brooklyn-based streetwear company MSCHF on the limited Satan Shoes release. Only 666 pairs went on sale Monday for $1,018 each - all sold out immediately. The price tag is said to be a reference to Luke 10:18, a Bible verse about Satan's fall from heaven.
MSCHF, says Business Insider, is a company that "runs on 'structured chaos'" and "is going viral and selling out products in minutes, from Jesus shoes to toaster-shaped bath bombs."
Breitbart News reported that the controversial, modified Nike Air Max 97s are decorated with a pentagram pendant, pentagram designs on the heel and an inverted cross on the tongue pull-tab. The sole air bubble contains 60 cc of ink and one drop of human blood, according to a statement by MSCHF.
Lil Nas X — real name, Montero Lamar Hill — chided Noem for showing disdain about his shoes and suggested she focus more on her: “(You are) a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job!"
Noem responded by quoting the words of Jesus from the Book of Matthew in the New Testament: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Lil Nas X responded sarcastically to the uproar on social media about the shoes by posting a YouTube video on Sunday called, "Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe," which was actually a video cut of him dancing provocatively with Satan. The footwear coincides with Lil Nas X’s latest music video, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."
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