“I love who I am,” says Lil Nas X, and that’s not going to change despite the backlash from her “sexual” performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” at the BET Awards.
From the Andrea Grossi ball gown he wore on the red carpet to his performance in ancient Egypt that ended with the pharaoh-clad singer hugging a Grammy-winning background dancer, the 22-year-old only turned heads on Sunday.
The crowd roared in approval with members of the public jumping from their seats to praise, but not everyone was receptive to Lil Nas X’s public display of affection. Some users on Twitter argued it was inappropriate.
Lil Nas X (real name Montero Lamar Hill) took to Twitter on Monday to respond to the homophobic comments.
“you all hate each other so much. you all live your life doing your best to appease straight people. you are all uncomfortable with what i do because you are all afraid they will be wrong. at ease with you “, he tweeted. “work on yourselves, I love who I am and whatever I decide to do. make it happen.”
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Lil Nas X revealed in another tweet that his polarizing performance at the BET Awards was distressing for him and had taken “a long time to mentally prepare” because he knew he was “playing something like that in front of my straight peers”.
But he mentionned, “If you don’t push yourself outside of your comfort zone, you will never grow taller.”
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When a reviewer accused “The Old Town” street singer of being “insecure about his sexuality” and “overcompensating for it whenever you get the chance,” Lil Nas X admitted he was not sure of himself.
“You’re right, I’m not sure about my sexuality. I still have a long way to go. I’ve never denied it”, he explained. “When you’re conditioned by society to hate you all your life, it takes a lot of unlearning. That’s exactly why I do what I do.”
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This isn’t the first time Lil Nas X has faced backlash against “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, a single apparently dedicated to her 14-year-old self that is about a lustful relationship between two lovers. of the same sex. The song’s subtitle refers to the LGBTQ movie of the same name.
The “Sun Goes Down” singer has been criticized especially by parents and those of religious descent for the accompanying video for the song, which ends with the rapper giving Satan a lap dance.
Lil Nas X acknowledged the video would anger some in a statement accompanying the song’s visuals in March, but said his “agenda” was to empower people to live authentically.
On Monday, Lil Nas X said he was shocked that “it’s 4 months away and people are still surprised I’m gay and sexual in a song performance about gays and sexuality (expletive) “.
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People on social media have also branded the review of Lil Nas X’s lip lock with a man as a hypocrite.
“What’s the difference?! #CanWeTalkAboutIt That’s double standard for me!” tweeted @_OliverMatthews, who compared a pic of Lil Nas X clutching lips with her backup dancer to Britney Spears and Madonna sadly kissing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. (Blender named it one of the “25 Most Musical Moments sexy on TV. ”)
User @_slimarella_ added, “Two women kissing, it’s nice to see but two men disgust you. It’s hypocritical.”
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Others applauded Lil Nas X’s courageous plea for homosexuality.
“We need more sexually autonomous gay people in mainstream pop culture and I’m so (expletive) happy we’re heading towards that,” tweeted @wreckno. “Lil Nas X is pushing this along with so many other smaller queer artists and it makes my heart smile.”
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Contributing: Pamela Avila, Bryan Alexander, David Oliver