Lil Nas X is firing back after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem worked herself into a lather over his latest collab: a pair of Satan-themed sneakers that contain a drop of human blood. The kicks—souped-up Nikes designed by MSCHF—appear to be inspired by the singer’s sexed-up video for “MONTERO,” which depicts him descending into hell. (Nike has denied involvement in the shoe release.) But any artistic license is lost on Noem, who tweeted Sunday of the sneakers: “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive.’ But do you know what's more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul. We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.”
“Ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes,” the singer tweeted in response. “Do ur job!”
As The Daily Beast reported this weekend, Noem, who infamously downplayed the threat of COVID-19, was a darling of Trump’s GOP but has seen her star fade with some recent controversies at home.