31 Mar Lil Nas X ‘Montero’ Music Video Sparks Controversy
The openly gay rapper put out the music video to his song “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)” last week. The themes of the video have upset many people including conservatives and parents.
Lil Nas X stands by his choices and believes that the points that he was trying to make were missed.
Lil Nas X
Most notably known for his viral song “Old Town Road,” the 21 year old is an openly gay rapper.
Lil Nas X, who was born Montero Lamar Hill, is remaining unapologetic about his latest music video. From his reactions to the outrage, it’s clear that he isn’t afraid of Hell. He experienced the hell of not being accepted growing up.
‘Montero (Call Me by Your Name)’
Not only is Lil Nas X’s new song a bop, it is also a huge step in a positive direction for gay culture.
In his music video, the rapper is just an openly gay music superstar indulging in a sex, drugs, and sin fantasy. Lil Nas X is unabashedly queer, hopefully bringing a sense of acceptance for other members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Hate is one reason that so many Black queer youth are suicidal. Lil Nas X is using his platform to help queer youth feel seen and accepted.
The Music Video
The music video features many different colorful scenes. While it is not any more sexual than music videos put out by other mainstream artists, this video is different only because it is rare to see gay sexuality represented in this way.
The video starts off with Lil Nas X in a place where he can be himself. There are colors of pink and lilac. Soon, it changes to a more hellish landscape.
There are moments when the rapper descends into what appears to be Hell on a pole. One of the more shocking moments of the video comes towards the end. While in ‘Hell’ Lil Nas X gives the devil a lap dance before killing him and taking his throne. He took the phrase “dancing with the devil” to whole new heights.
Politicians, conservative commentators, and many others have taken to social media to express their anger about the “Montero” video’s imagery.
Social media went wild after the video’s premiere. Fans applauded the queerness in the video, while others felt he went too far.
Some parents feel as though Lil Nas played into his kid-friendly image following the release of “Old Town Road.” He released a children’s picture book called “C is for Country,” then took this sharp turn. Lil Nas X has said that he does not have to cater to children for his whole career; he has grown as a person.
Fans also point out that critics are missing the bigger picture. They argue that in the video, Lil Nas X’s brave statement for Black queerness could change lives.
Religious people are divided on the video.
“God will have the last word when it comes to @LilNasX,” CJ Pearson, president of The Free Thinker Project, wrote on Twitter. “And that is all I have to say about this.” However, not every religious person feels that way.
Among all the outraged parents out there, Lil Nas X’s father isn’t one of them.
“Very creative video. I got through it,” he wrote in a text message that his son shared on Twitter. “Congratulations. Live life on your terms. Very PROUD of you.”
Lil Nas X Responds to Backlash
“I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s**t y’all preached would happen to me because i was gay,” he tweeted. “So i hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”
He has also been posting memes about the backlash to his Instagram.