Grammy award-winning artist Lil Nas X set off a viral trend that saw ‘nah he tweakin’ plague almost every corner of the internet.
In a world of ever-changing internet trends, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest slang.
The latest to send the net into a spin was the phrase “nah he tweakin”, which was trending across several social media platforms on Thursday.
The three-word reply took both Twitter and Instagram by storm after Grammy award-winning artist Lil Nas X left it as a comment under a post about skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.
Hawk featured in a post by Instagram account RAP TV, which shared how skateboards infused with the skater’s blood had been launched for $US500 ($690) each.
Lil Nas X held the top comment position with his remark, “nah he tweakin”, with dozens of other verified accounts following suit.
The announcement must have left a sour taste in the mouth of the Old Town Road singer, who copped major flack after selling a pair of customised Nike shoes allegedly containing a drop of blood.
The launch saw Nike pursue legal action against New York-based MSCHF Product Studio Inc which developed the shoe in collaboration with the famous singer earlier this year.
Nike claimed the alterations made to the shoes, which served as a promo for the singer’s song Montero (Call Me By Your Name) in March, infringed on and diluted its trademark.
At the time, the 22-year-old faced fierce backlash for his use of overly satanic themes in his promotion of the song, which many thought played a role in Nike’s pursuit of legal action.
He gave a bit more of a clue on his feelings towards Hawk’s skateboard launch in a savage post to Twitter.
“Now that Tony Hawk has released skateboards with his blood painted on them, and there was no public outrage, are y’all ready to admit y’all were never actually upset over the blood in the shoes? and maybe u were mad for some other reason?” he wrote.
Responses were largely from people arguing that backlash wasn’t fuelled by the blood issue, it was because people were upset at his heavy use of Satanic themes.
“Sir, you’re very talented and smart. Please don’t continue to miss the point. Folks didn’t like your shoes because it was a Satan shoe. And the vast majority of people, regardless of their view towards your sexuality, don’t play with satanic imagery. No one’s out to get you,” one response read.
“It’s the fact that you tied it to ‘Satanism’ and put your blood into it. You bring in religion to anything and people will flip. Tony didn’t. That’s why it was better received,” someone else said.
Originally published as Explanation behind viral trend ‘nah he tweakin’ after phrase blows up on Twitter and Instagram
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