Before he was topping charts, Lil Nas X was a part of stan twitter. He ran a Twitter account called Nas Maraj and was a massive fan of Nicki Minaj, defending her at all costs. If you have ever seen stan Twitter, you know this means he's a master at social media, particularly in trolling. We've watched him utilize these skills over the past year or so on Twitter, getting headline after headline while doing so. And now, having just released "Montero (Call Me by Your Name,)" where he essentially spits in the face of all conservatives hold dear, he's back at it again with the back at it again. And we can't stop laughing.
If you haven't been paying attention, in "Montero," Nas X combines Greek mythology and Biblical references to essentially tell the story of queer self-empowerment in this world. He traces an arc of being judged and condemned by society for his sexuality, eventually being killed and sent to hell. But on his way there he reclaims his sexuality and harnesses his sexual energy in order to seduce Satan and take over Hell. And given that Satan and Hell have been long upheld as the Big Bads by conservatives, and have been used as a warning stick to beat children into submission, this understandably caused issues.
"Y'all love saying we going to hell but get upset when I actually go there," he tweeted, summarizing the project on Friday. Friday he also announced an action-figure, Stripper Nas X, was "coming soon," as was a pair of Nas X sneakers that were featured in the video. But later that day, the conservatives began their tweeting and Nas X was there prepared.
Robby Starbuck, a Republican candidate for Congress from Tennessee called "Montero" evil and Matthew Betley said that it was "an attempt to destroy our society."
"There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop," Nas X replied. "Me sliding down a CGI pole isn't what's destroying society." Betley has since deleted his post.
"The system is targeting kids," Mint Chip Music tweeted, posting a video of Nas X performing "Old Town Road" for children. "Lil Nas X's fanbase is mostly children. They did the same thing with Miley Cyrus after Hannah Montana." To be clear, Cyrus grew up and made a decision to change her aesthetic and output as a result which is something ... people generally do.
"There was no system involved," Nas X responded. "I made the decision to create the music video. I am an adult. I am not gonna spend my entire career trying to cater to your children. That is your job." The 21-year-old made a few points.
There was a lot of criticism of the sneakers he previewed in the video. They boast an inverted crucifix, pentagram, and a "drop of human blood." For them, Nas X teamed up with the New York-based art collective MSCHF who used Nike Air Max 97s as the base. Nike had nothing to do with them and has released a statement saying they do not endorse the styles. There are 666 pairs, priced at $1,018 apiece referencing the bible verse Luke 10:18 that says "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven."
As backlash began to mount, Lil Nas X uploaded a video to his YouTube titled "Lil Nas X apologizes for Satan shoe." But after a few seconds of "apology", the clip cuts to footage from the music video of Nas X's lap dance. We are talking about a master troll here.
Governor Kristi Noem, who currently is holding the top office in a state that has some of the highest death rates from the ongoing global pandemic, tweeted about the shoes.
"Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it's 'exclusive.'" she wrote. To be clear: that there are only 666 styles does make it relatively exclusive given how massive runs can be. "But do you know what's more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul."
Nas X didn't hesitate in responding.
"You're a whole governor and you on here tweeting about some damn shoes," he wrote. "Do your job!" Noem decided to respond.
"What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" the South Dakota politician wrote, quoting Matthew 16:26 from the bible.
"Shoot a child in your mouth while I'm ridin'," Nas X responded, quoting his own song.
All 666 pairs of the sneakers sold out within a minute of release on Monday.
Many of these critics have pointed to the popularity of "Old Town Road" with children as to why it was wrong that he now do something more adult. To be clear, as Nas X points out, the song included some extremely adult content. In addition, over the past few months, the performer's content as been increasingly adult. He talked about bottoming in "Holiday" while kissing himself in a promotional image, he asked "where the dick at" in another clip of a song, and then in the lead in to "Montero" he recreated some Michelangelo nudes.
If you don't want your children listening to Lil Nas X ... maybe just tell them to not?