Reaction to Lil Nas X Video Stirs Controversy


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Lil Nas X poses as the devil with horns on the his head.

Sean Levonaitis, Staff writer

Recently, the world has been stirred up and arguing over their views and opinions on the new upcoming artist Lil Nas X’s music video, ” Montero (Call me when you want)”. After watching the music video, many viewers made comments about what took place within it, especially towards the end where Lil Nas X. The song, which Lil Nas X has said is based on a man he fell for, and its music video, which quite literally shows him denying heaven to fully express his sexuality, seemed perfectly primed to ruffle the feathers of American conservatives and evangelicals — and ruffle they did.

The video begins with Lil Nas X meeting some sort of serpent creature similar to the thought of Adam and Eve. The video then proceeds to take Lil Nas X to a trial where the jury seemed very against. After that, he was levitated to heaven which then he was pushed, falling down to hell while grabbing a stripper pole. The final and most talked about part, happens next. Lil Nas X then continues to walk towards the Devil and goes on to twerk and grind on the Devil’s lap as he sits there in his throne.

Junior student as Hillsborough high school, Tyler Michinard, watched the video last Friday to see what was all the talk on social media was about. “It was pretty much just like every other video until the very ending,” Michinard said. “Until the very end where I saw Lil Nas X grinding on the devil like there was no tomorrow.”

Many celebrities tweeted their reaction after watching the video with their thoughts. The artist decided to release shoes based of the new music video. The shoes allegedly contained a drop of human blood are to be recalled following a lawsuit from Nike. Lil Nas X, a rapper, helped launch the shoes, which were based on the Nike Air Max 97.

Even after all the hate, the artist continues to keep a positive mindset. “You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda,” Lil Nas X wrote in the note posted shortly after the song’s release. “But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the **** out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.”