Lil Nas X Is ‘Upset’ After Judge Pulls His ‘Satan’ Shoes: It’s F***ed Up
Update #2 (April 2nd): Lil Nax has made it clear he’s not happy after his controversial shoes were pulled by a judge.
He took to Twitter to react Thursday (April 1st). He first told fans,
“sorry guys i’m legally not allowed to give the 666th pair away anymore because of the crying nerds on the internet”
“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. freedom of expression gone out the window. but that’s gonna change soon.”
A federal judge has blocked the Air Max 97 sneakers from selling any further.
As previously reported, Lil Nas X suggested each pair, that has a satanic theme, includes a drop of human blood.
Nike took legal action against MSCHF Product Studio, the company that teamed up with Lil Nas X for the product, arguing that it could negatively impact its brand. Nike also requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.
MSCHF said in a letter to the judge Wednesday (March 31st), that the shoes are
“not typical sneakers, but rather individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each.”
It added that similar to a pair of Jesus shoes, Lil Nas X’s sneakers will be shown as artistic work and could be in museums. It was noted that Nike could later include the Jesus shoes in question in the lawsuit.
Nike’s legal team said in court documents that the company has
“submitted evidence that even sophisticated sneakerheads were confused.”
Nike also said some vowed to boycott the athletic brand, believing it was associated with the shoe. Nike’s lawyers added,
“We have submitted numerous evidence that some consumers are saying they will never buy Nike shoes ever again.”
U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee asked,
“How much tarnishment is required?”
Nike’s lawyer Kyle Schneider responded,
“There’s no bright line but the more famous the mark — and we think Nike’s swoosh is one of most famous mark of all time — the more protection it is afforded.”
MSCHF’s lawyer argued,
“There’s no statements that Nike is affiliated.”
MSCHF also pointed out that all of the shoes have already been shipped, except one pair, adding:
“There’s no basis for a recall. They are not doing this for money. It’s about the message.”
But Nike challenged the statement and said some celebrities, like Miley Cyrus, have already been connected to the shoe. It also claimed some shoes could have been shipped after its lawsuit was filed.
In the end, the judge ruled that Nike sufficiently pled its case. A hearing for a longer injunction will be held at a later date.
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