Lil Nas X music video revives 'satanic panic'

Just before Easter, rapper Lil Nas X revived a bit of the “satanic panic” of the 1980s with the re­lease of the music video for his song “Mon­tero (Call Me by Your Name),” which is rife with satanic imagery.

In the video, Nas, who is openly gay, is depicted as being thrown out of heav­­en before descending into hell, where he gives Satan a lap dance, kills him, and assumes his horns for himself—all while singing about his painful journey to self-acceptance.

Nas simultaneously released limited edition sneakers—only 666 pairs—called “Satan Shoes,” modified Nikes that allegedly contain a drop of human blood and were produced by the same company that in 2019 made “Jesus Shoes,” which allegedly contained a drop of holy water. (In April, both Satan Shoes and Jesus Shoes were removed from circulation after Nike sued over the unauthorized use of their shoes.)