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26th Aug 2021

Lil Nas X calls out double standards over Tony Hawk’s blood skateboard

Kieran Galpin

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X takes aim at ‘hypocrites’

US Rapper Lil Nas X has spoken out on the difference between how himself and Tony Hawk are treated, despite both seeking to launch blood-infused merchandise.

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Back in March, Lil Nas X released a custom pair of Nike Air Max 97’s named ‘Satan’s shoes’ that were inspired by his Montero video (The one where he gave the devil a lapdance). Lil Nas X was slammed for both the video and the shoe release, despite the song itself sitting at number one on the Billboard chart for five weeks.

However, due to copyright issues, the shoes were later recalled.

Lil Nas X has criticised the move by Nike, saying on Twitter: “I feel like it’s fucked up they have so much power they can get shoes cancelled. Freedom of expression gone out the window.”

Similarly, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk posted a video to his Instagram that showed him having blood removed that would in turn be added to red paint.

“Always read the fine print! Thanks, @liquiddeath for this rare opportunity but please be careful with my life force. Looking forward to our future “collaborations” as long as they don’t involve replicants,” the caption read.

Taking to Twitter, Nas X highlighted the difference in coverage:

“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? and maybe u were mad for some other reason?”

Twitter users disagreed with the rapper’s statement, claiming the backlash was due to his representation of Satan, and how kids could view the content.


But supporters were also quick to come to Nas X’s defence, with them labelling the ‘other reasons’ he mentioned.

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