It’s been an interesting world for Lil Nas X since coming out on the last day of Pride Month 2 years ago. Since then Nas has become a beacon for queer audiences, and has taken his new liberated image and persona back to the top of the charts earlier this year with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”. Many were posted to their TV’s to last night to see just what he had planned for the BET Awards, and he made sure to deliver.
Lil Nas X has taken his new found hate in stride. The Atlanta native came into the industry in a rough way, being a black musician infiltrating the historically white work of Country Music. His single “Old Town Road” charted on several country charts before it was removed due to him being a “rapper”. The record went on to top just about every chart imaginable when country legend Billy Ray Cyrus decided to jump on a version that made it impossible for country radio to ignore.
Since coming out, Nas has allowed himself and his branding to become decidedly more queer. Donning more dresses, wigs and taking about men in his music. “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” has gotten a lot of flake for its video in particular, which features scenes of him pole dancing and twerking on satan.
With Hip-hop and black cultures storied history of homophobia, it was a wonder BET invited Lil Nas X to perform at all. The rapper made sure to live up to his billing with a Michael Jackson “Remember The Times” inspired set. The Egypt fueled performance ended with Nas sharing a passionate kiss with a male back up dancer. The kiss drew heavy applause from the crowd which included “Pose” star MJ Rodriguez.
One commentator called out Nas for “using african culture” to promo homesexuality. Nas fired back, “Ya’ll really like to pretend homosexuality does not exist in African Culture”. See some more tweet responses below.
Lil Nas X done kissed that man at the BET Awards AND on a Sunday… good for him. I know the homophobes are SCRAMBLING pic.twitter.com/ETcxweJ6Yc— Icy Barb❄️ (@BRANMINAJ) June 28, 2021
One person impressed by Lil Nas X performance overall was Diddy who called the rapper, fearless.
Lil Nas X did that!! Be fearless!!! 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿— LOVE (@Diddy) June 28, 2021
Of course, Diddy support was met with a ton of fans who agreed with the statement, and even more who disagreed – even alleging the producer was ‘closeted’ and ‘shooting his shot’ at Lil Nas X
See responses below:
you bout to fly him out huh? pic.twitter.com/ksCvN8ajdr— industryminaj ★ (@industrymiinaj) June 28, 2021
So wait…now Diddy is gay because he congratulated and encouraged another artist…..so many of y’all are truly the problem 😖 pic.twitter.com/WTyzzt74dq— Mister Sinister (@mikeys_looking) June 28, 2021
We been knew you get down like that ❤️ HAPPY PRIDE MONTH BROOO 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈— 匚丹尺刀工 乃 👾 (@therealbardifan) June 28, 2021
You better come out too. We know you a lil some some— JennyF (@caterlyiam) June 28, 2021
We are still waiting on you to come out of the closet! It’s okay you are grown you won’t lose a dime Sean Combs.— Sean Perry Socialite (@Princeboy23) June 28, 2021