The internet has been abuzz with both attacks and support for a shoe promoted by rapper Lil Nas X. The so-called “Satan Shoes” promote the rapper’s satanic branding on custom modified Air Max 97 shoes by Nike, but according to Nike they have no affiliation with the designers nor the rapper. Now, Nike is suing art collective MSCHF.
In the lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, Nike said the “Satan shoe” was made without the company’s “approval or authorization.” It adds that the shoe is “likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association between MSCHF’s products and Nike,” and that the shoe has already caused “significant harm to [Nike’s] goodwill, including among consumers who believe that Nike is endorsing satanism.”
The backlash against Nike was swift and harsh. They were unable to get ahead of the story and have been associated with both Lil Nas X and his custom shoes. But for the rapper, this is all part of the branding scheme. The shoes are “special edition” with only 666 being made. They are selling for $1018, a reference to Luke 10:18 which includes the statement, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
Much of the controversy surrounds the midsole which is filled with red liquid that allegedly includes a drop of human blood. The shoe features a pentagram and inverted cross, among other satanic symbols.
As intended, these shoes have sparked debates all across social media. The rapper has gotten into Twitter spats with prominent conservatives and even threatened to rape conservative commentator Kaitlin Bennett’s father. According to The Gateway Pundit.
Satanic rapper Lil Nas said he might rape Kaitlin Bennett’s father during a spat on Twitter. “Lil Nas just threatened to rape my dad. Sounds about what I’d expect,” Bennett tweeted with a screenshot.
The exchange began when Bennett tweeted that she was happy to be blocked by the rapper, who made headlines this week for Satanic sneakers containing human blood and a music video in which he gives Satan a lap dance.
Things escalated quickly from there, as Lil Nas tweeted “i still see ur tweets shitty pants,” referring to a cruel internet meme in which “feminists” on the left have spread a photo of a half naked girl that had an… accident… and claimed that it is Bennett. Yes, you read that correctly, the same group that claims to defend and believe women has used revenge porn of some unknown girl passed out at a party to shame Bennett for her politics.
Lil Nas X is fighting for attention. Nike is trying to take attention away from them. Meanwhile, time is being wasted on a shoe that is nothing more than a publicity stunt that is, unfortunately, working.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report has appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. One of our YouTube accounts was banned and another has been suspended. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancelation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects. These questions are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting cancelled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $5300 per month in order to maintain operations.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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