Lil Nas X Claps Back at Critics of ‘Montero’ Video

Ellise ShaferSat, 27 March 2021, 9:59 pm

Following the release of his red-hot music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X isn’t holding back when it comes to responding to haters on Twitter.

The video — which dropped on March 25 and is already trending No. 1 on YouTube — features the “Old Town Road” singer pole dancing into hell and giving the devil a lap dance, which has caused backlash from conservative groups.

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Alongside a video of Lil Nas X performing at an elementary school, one user wrote: “The system is targeting kids. Lil Nas X’s fanbase is mostly children. They did the same thing with Miley Cyrus after Hannah Montana.”

Lil Nas X then responded to the tweet, writing: “There was no system involved. I made the decision to create the music video. I am an adult. I am not gonna spend my entire career trying to cater to your children. That is your job.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-11&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1375648580216651781&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Ftransportation-department-says-taxing-drivers-195653151.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Lil Nas X kept the comebacks coming in response to another since-deleted tweet, which claimed that Lil Nas X’s display of his sexuality is “destroying society.”

“There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop,” Lil Nas X wrote. “Me sliding down a CGI pole isn’t what’s destroying society.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-12&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1375500300958638086&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Ftransportation-department-says-taxing-drivers-195653151.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

When the music video was released, Lil Nas X penned a heartfelt note to his younger self, in which he described his coming out journey. “I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist,” he wrote.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-13&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1375297562396139520&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Ftransportation-department-says-taxing-drivers-195653151.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Drawing upon that letter, Lil Nas X tweeted at the critics to “stay mad.”

“I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay,” Lil Nas X wrote. “So I hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-14&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1375857638869585922&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Ftransportation-department-says-taxing-drivers-195653151.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Despite the haters, Lil Nas X’s “Montero” video has also been met with love and support from the LGBTQ+ community.

In a column, Variety‘s Adam B. Vary praised the video, calling it monumental “to see a 21-year-old gay man express his sexuality on exactly the same terms — and at the same level of fame, success and media attention — his straight counterparts have enjoyed for decades.”

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE RAPPERS? HOW LOW ARE THEY WILLING TO GO? HELL IS NOT FUN, IT IS A PLACE WITH A LAKE OF UNQUENCHABLE FIRE AND THE DEVIL IS NOT A NICE GUY. HE COMES TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY LIVES.

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