Lil Nas X was not happy after a judge ruled against him in Nike’s lawsuit to block the rapper’s “Satan Shoes,” and he let the world know about it Thursday.
And he knew just whom to blame: “crying nerds on the internet.”
A judge granted Nike’s request for a temporary restraining order Thursday after the Lil Nas and Brooklyn-based company MSCHF sold 666 pairs of Nike Air Max 97s as “Satan Shoes,” complete with pentagram, a Bible verse about Satan, and 60cc of red ink and a drop of human blood in the heel’s air bubble. The shoes, which retailed for $1,018, went on sale Monday and were sold out within minutes.
Nike sued for copyright infringement and dilution of their brand, saying it did “not approve or authorize MSCHF’s customized Satan Shoes.”
“Moreover, MSCHF and its unauthorized Satan Shoes are likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association between MSCHF’s products and Nike,” the suit said. “In fact, there is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product.”
The shoe-brand’s lawsuit came after calls from people across the internet decrying the rapper’s shoes and associated obscene video.
Following the judge’s ruling, Lil Nas, who’s real name is Montero Lamar Hill, came out swinging Thursday night, blaming “crying nerds” for stopping him from distributing his shoes.
“sorry guys i’m legally not allowed to give the 666th pair away anymore because of the crying nerds on the internet,” he tweeted.
sorry guys i’m legally not allowed to give the 666th pair away anymore because of the crying nerds on the internet https://t.co/URoj0kGnRq
— nope 🏹 (@nope 🏹)1617320858.0
He followed that accusation with another tweet bemoaning the crying nerds’ power to get his shoes “cancelled.”
“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,” he wrote. “freedom of expression gone out the window. but that’s gonna change soon.”
Image source: Twitter/@LilNasX screenshot
(H/T: New York Post)