Lil Nas X responds to the homophobic reactions to his coming out

Lil Nas X responds to the homophobic reactions to his coming out

Hip hop star Lil Nas X took to Twitter on Sunday to make a revelation that nobody saw coming. Although the 20-year-old didn’t specifically say ‘I’m gay’, he asked fans to listen closely to the lyrics of new song C7osure, ending what was supposed to be a Pride Month end announcement with rainbow and sparkle emojis.

He also pointed to the rainbow on the cover of his debut EP, saying he thought he’d made it ‘obvious’. He then retweeted tweets from fans mentioning him being gay.

On Monday, it was revealed that his country-inspired track, Old Town Road, had become the longest-running hip hop track to top the Billboard Hot chart. It’s been at the summit of the charts for the past 13 weeks. The track is now only the twelfth song in Billboard’s Hot 100 history to be at number one for 13 weeks or longer. It beats the run of Eminem’s Lose Yourself and Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again, among others.

Most consider the worlds of hip hop and country music (Old Town Road straddles both genres) as not overly gay-friendly. This makes Lil Nas X’s coming out a big deal. And so, unsurprisingly, although he’s received many messages of support, he’s also been subjected to homophobic comments. Some fans say they plan to unfollow him or stop streaming his music.

Lil Nas X first responded on Monday with a slightly cryptic tweet: ‘just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight.’

An Instagram posting thereafter suggested the negative comments were getting to him. It featured a sad-looking emoji pointing a gun and the comment: ‘Say one more home of phobic thing to me.’

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However, a little later, whilst on his first promo tour to Paris, his mood had turned more playful. Mocking some of the messages he’s seen, he said: ‘just got news that i’m gay and i will no longer be streaming my music. i’m sorry that shit is just not ok.’

This was followed shortly after by a tweet saying: ‘Next nigga to say something offensive to me getting kissed’.

Many others in the music industry, including Miley Cyrus and MNEK, have posted supportive messages.

Sirius XM broadcaster Larry Flick reportedly spoke to Gay Star news on how Lil Nas X’s career will be impacted by his announcement remains to be seen.

‘It’s an interesting choice for Lil Nas X to come out now, given that there has already been a large conversation here in America over whether the single is “country” enough, i.e. can a black man make country music,’ he said. ‘Clearly, he decided to just jump on the momentum of being a renegade and just go for broke. It remains to be seen if hip-hop purists will support him. I sadly suspect not. But it will make him a bigger mainstream star. He will be seen as a political pioneer, and it will hopefully allow his music to be more interesting. He undeniably is not striving to be a typical rap artist, and this will add to his cachet as something unique, while still being commercially viable.’

Los Angeles based producer and singer Ellis Miah agrees.

‘Lil Nas X has been a disruptor in music since Old Town Road became viral,’ he told GSN. ‘Coming out still carries a risk for artists. Some more than others. It’s undeniable that some genres carry a tougher burden. Country and urban music definitely can be tricky to navigate. I think him coming from YouTube and Soundcloud and drawing younger fans has been helpful. It seems younger audiences care a bit less on about this.’

However, Miah warned that how radio directors react to Lil Nas X’s announcement could still have a big ‘make or break’ impact.

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  1. Higwe
    July 05, 06:12 Reply

    He’s always been gay though .
    He used to go by the name Nasmaraj – an ATRL / Twitter troll and a staunch Nicki Minaj’s barb.
    Back then he’d drag Lil Kim and Taylor Swift to filth ???
    It’s amazing how well he’s done for himself .
    He’s smashing the charts and the woman he used to ” fangirl” can barely crack the top 10 these days .

    I think it’s a good thing he sort of came out.
    Those he used to troll with were about to bring him down , digging out some of his old tweets and trying to defame him .
    Taking the power back and owning himself is a good PR move.

    I really hope he enjoys a solid career .
    He’s freakishly talented.
    He has a hit EP “7” … Panini and Rodeo ft Cardi B are stand out tracks .

    ***************
    Isn’t it weird that this kid used to troll Taylor some few years back .
    Now he’s blocking her singles on the charts .????
    Karma sure does have a weird sense of humour .???

  2. Bhaws
    July 05, 07:22 Reply

    Nah these shit wont get to nasmaraj. The guy was a Twitter troll lol even though he’s denied being the former, claims he ain’t nasmaraj.

  3. Jinchuriki
    July 05, 11:08 Reply

    And his song “Rodeo” is Just maaaad too. Got the EP yesterday ????

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