Lil Nas X is clapping. The 21-year-old artist took to social media over the weekend to address the controversy over his new music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
The video, which was co-directed by Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino, is filled with ancient Greek and Biblical references. At one point, the artist slides down a pole into hell to seduce the devil, giving Satan an erotic dance.
While fans didn’t tire of the song and video, some called it immoral and inappropriate for children. It was then that Lil Nas X defended himself, noting that his music was never intended for children.
“I showed my 3 month old niece the call me by your name video,” he tweeted sarcastically. “And she said ‘man, that was pretty visual, why the hell would any individual rage over such a sensational masterpiece.’ I’m going to cry everyone … “
“There was no system involved. I made the decision to create the music video,” he wrote in response to a user who claimed Nas X was corrupted by “the system” after serving a fan base of children. “I am an adult. I am not going to spend my entire career trying to care for your children. That is your job.”
See more of his answer below.
Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, expected a backlash as he mentioned that people were “angry” about the video in a message to his 14-year-old self on social media Thursday night.
“I wrote a song with our name on it. It’s about a boy I met last summer,” he began. “I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open the doors for many other queer people to just exist.”
“You see, this scares me very much, people will get angry, they will say that I am pushing an agenda. But the truth is that I am. The agenda to make people stay out of other people’s lives and Stop dictating who They should be. They send you love from the future. -lnx, “he signed the note.
See more about Lil Nas X in the video below.