Gabriel Hays – mrc Culture –

Legitimate satanism seems to be a growing trend in pop culture these days. As society seems to lose all moral footing, it’s no coincidence that musicians, influencers and mainstream shoe companies are embracing their infernal sides and selling it to kids.

The latest promotion of Lucifer comes from classic footwear brand Converse. In an advertisement for its latest limited edition line of sneakers, the company thought using a pentagram – a classic symbol of witchcraft and devil worship – was a hip idea. Hey, pop star Lil Nas X had sex with the devil in a music video and it got hundreds of millions of views. Maybe this way Converse can sell millions of shoes … it just has to be ok with selling its soul to the devil.

Converse’s new line of Chuck Taylor shoes is a collaboration with Goth artist and fashion designer Rick Owens called “TURBODRK.” “TURBODRK” is just one part of Owen’s new “DRKSHDW” fashion collection which is all about “refashioning classic silhouettes with a heavy injection of glam-rock and grunge,” well, and the Devil himself.

Converse’s Instagram post about the collaboration featured a short video of two ghoulish models posing in all black jumpsuits, disturbing white masks that would make Michael Myers blush, and the new edgy Chuck Taylors. Though, the characters themselves weren’t the most disturbing aspect of the clip, it was how they were posing. Together, both models were arranged in such a way as to convey an obvious upside down pentagram.

So, yeah, how ‘bout that, kids? Get your pentagram shoes so you can look fresh as you join Lil Nas X on his stripper pole ride to hell.

Apparently, the inclusion of the pentagram isn’t just some edgy, scare-your-Christian-parents shtick. For Owens, who wrote the caption that went along with Converse’s Insta post, there’s an actual evil and subversive philosophy behind its use. He wrote, “I’ve been using this pentagram for a long time because obviously, it has adolescent occult associations… I like the fact that it refers to an alternative system.” 

Oh, an “alternate system,” eh? He obviously means a system contrary to what many progressives consider to be an oppressive western civilization built on Christian repression and white supremacy. 

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