LIL Nas X has launched a controversial pair of "Satan" Nike sneakers complete with a bronze pentagram and an inverted cross — plus a drop of real human blood.
The rapper’s shoes have sparked outrage online over the weekend from a number of high-profile political and religious figures.
The black and red sneakers, part of a collaboration between Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF.
But although they were made using Nike Air Max 97s the sportswear brand has distanced itself from the design.
Nike told CNN: "We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF.
"Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them."
As part of the limited-edition "drop" of 666 pairs, each sneaker’s air bubble sole contains red ink and "one drop" of human blood, according to MSCHF.
They are priced at $1,018 a pair. The price tag is a reference to the Bible passage Luke 10:18 that reads: "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven."
A MSCHF spokesperson said the blood had been provided by members of the art collective.
They said: "We love to sacrifice for our art."
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The group also confirmed Nike was "not involved in this in any capacity".
The shoes have angered a number of high-profile political and religious figures, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the evangelical pastor Mark Burns.
The latter described the sneakers in a tweet as "evil" and "heresy."
Candace Ownes, 31, also took to Twitter to slam the rapper, as she suggested that his actions are "keeping Black America behind."
The political commentator shared her candid opinion on black representation in the media, writing: "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?"
But Lil Nas X hit back, trolling his critics with a video to his official YouTube account titled "Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe".
This has been viewed over 1.8 million times.
But after a few seconds, the apparent apology cuts to a scene from his new music video, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.
He can be seen dancing provocatively with a devil character.
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