Not before dancing with Satan in his Montero music video, and not long after Nike sued MSCHF for their Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes” collaboration – which included real human blood within the shoe itself – Lil Nas X locked eyes with his next counter-Christian publicity stunt, only this time he’s taking on the lunch choice of
Jesus Christ himself Chicken Connoisseurs.
MSCHF is an art collective that expertly blurs the line between illegal copyright infringement and artistic expression. Using the same title as Kanye West’s recent album drops, “Sunday Service”, MSCHF is doing their own “drop” called “MSCHF Sunday Service” on Sunday, September 26, where they will provide day-old Chick-fil-A for $6.66.
- Chick-fil-A has vowed since opening its first location in 1946 not to serve chicken on Sundays due to the Christian values of founder Truett Cathy.
- In recent years, Chick-fil-A has also gotten a lot of airtime for its support of charities which take anti-LGBTQ stances. And while their giving strategy shifted in in 2020, the limelight in some arenas still paints CFA as an anti-gay restaurant chain which invites scrutiny from organizations like MSCHF.
- Why does MSCHF do most of what they do?
From MSCHF’s “Sunday Service Manifesto”, their explanation is as MSCHF as it gets.
“Certain American values go hand in hand. For example, conservative Christianity pairs perfectly with a correspondingly devout faith in the “free market.” That being the case, &#!% it, let’s take advantage of the obvious hole in the market left by notoriously Christian restaurant chain Chik-fil-A’s sabbatarianism.”
“The market finds a way,” and, in this case, it’s the road to hell. Hail Satan and Eat Mor Chikin on holy days.”
Lil Nas X is openly homosexual and a member of the LGBTQ community and has spoken on several occasions about his Christian upbringing and the fears he had for coming out of the closet.
His prominence in pop culture, music culture, and the LGBTQ community has sparked countless debates about Christian inclusion of queer individuals, and finds just as many disagreements in the Christian umbrella as there are denominations.
Perhaps the highest calling for followers of Jesus is to be holy, which in Hebrew means “to be set apart”.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. . .” 1 Peter 1:15.
In light of this news story, and the dark experiences Lil Nas X claims he has experienced in past Christian communities that appear to now drive his publicity stunts, what does holiness look like? How should the follower of Jesus respond to these type of stories? Reply to this email with your thoughts.