Lil Nas X has last word as controversy erupts over 'devil-worshipping' video

iot has been four days since Lil Nas X released the music video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and turned into the most controversial pop star on the planet. The video, which features the rapper sliding down a pole to hell before giving the devil a lap dance, has garnered criticism from conservative politicians and commentators, who say the song encourages devil worshiping and scandalizes young fans.

In a note written to his younger self about the release, Lil Nas X (whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill) said he had created the video hoping to further normalize queerness. “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," Egli ha detto.

“You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.”

With the release of the video, which has more than 45m views on YouTube, Lil Nas X has reminded fans and critics that he is a product of the internet. Just as he used social media to go viral with Old Town Road, he’s spent the past few days sharing memes about his newest single and promoting Satan Shoes, a pair of modified Nike Air Max 97s that display a pentagram and contain “a drop of human blood".

And that includes responding to people who don’t support his music. When the rightwing activist Candace Owens criticized him for promoting the shoes, Lil Nas X replied: “You know you did something right when she talks about it.

Here are a few of the times Lil Nas X has hit back:

When the South Dakota governor, Kristi Noem, condemned the shoes, tweeting that the country was “in a fight for the soul of our nation”

Another tweet sent by Noem featured a Bible verse and elicited another tweet from the rapper. Questa volta, he included an explicit lyric from the song, citing it as if it were a Bible verse.

When the rapper Joyner Lucas criticized Lil Nas X for releasing the new music video without a disclaimer and exposing kids to inappropriate content …

“I think the biggest problem for me is the fact he dont understand “old town road” is every kids anthem. Children love him for that record. They tuned in and subscribed to his channels. So with no disclaimer he just dropped some left field ish & all our kids seen it. Smh,” Lucas wrote in the since-deleted tweet.

Lil Nas X reminded Lucas that, despite the hit being loved by children, Old Town Road isn’t exactly a clean song.

When a Fox News commentator referred to the video as “desperate and pathetic” …

The artist delighted in the outrage.

“What’s most outrageous is the timing of this. It was intentionally dropped on the eve of Holy Week. Try this with any other religious group than Christians during their Holy Week and Nas might find himself sliding down that pole for real,” the commentator said.

Lil Nas X’s reply:

When a pastor referred to the song as a “bunch of devil-worshipping, wicked nonsense”

Lil Nas X responded as any smart rapper would:

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