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Lil Nas X calls shade over Tony Hawk’s blood-infused skateboards

Patrick Kelleher August 26, 2021
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Lil Nas X posing on the red carpet and Tony Hawk posing for a photo

Lil Nas X hit out at hypocrisy after Tony Hawk announced that he was selling "blood" skateboards. (Getty)

Lil Nas X has questioned why there was no backlash over Tony Hawk’s “blood” skateboards when the world reacted with fury against his blood-infused Satan shoes.

In April, the “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” singer revealed that he was releasing customised Nike shoes with a single drop of human blood in each one.

The public outcry was almost instant – conservatives lined up to express their horror that Lil Nas X was selling Satan-themed shoes with a drop of human blood. The product was ultimately recalled following a Nike lawsuit.

On Wednesday (25 August), skateboarding legend Tony Hawk announced his “blood” skateboards. To create the product, Hawk had a vial of his own blood drawn and mixed through red paint.

 

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Hawk faced little backlash for the stunt – and it wasn’t long before fans drew attention to the very different responses to Hawk and Lil Nas X for two very similar promotional campaigns.

Lil Nas X thinks people weren’t really upset about his blood-soaked Satan shoes

Lil Nas X joined the fray on Wednesday (25 August), tweeting: “Now that Tony Hawk has released skateboard 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?”

He also weighed in on the comments section of Hawk’s Instagram post about his new blood skateboards, simply writing: “Nah he tweakin”.

His loyal army of fans quickly helped the phrase go viral on social media, writing it under numerous posts.

The singer and rapper’s tweet appeared to reference the relentless wave of homophobia he faced after he released his chart-topping song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.

The music video for the song showed Lil Nas X sliding down a pole to hell, where he gave Satan a lap dance – and Christian conservatives went into a tailspin.

Luckily, the backlash hasn’t affected Lil Nas’x incredible trajectory – he has continued to enjoy enormous success in his career.

On Thursday (24 August), he finally announced the release date for his long awaited debut album. The record, titled Montero, will finally be unveiled on 17 September.

So even if Lil Nas’s Satan shoes never saw the light of day, at least his music career is likely to continue going from strength to strength.

 

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