King of Summer Lil Nas X says he has no beef with Kevin Hart.
In an appearance on Atlanta's Hoodrich Radio show, the out gay rapper behind the chart-topping hit "Old Town Road" told DJ Scream and Moran Tha Man that he has no hard feelings after Hart tried to gaslight him on HBO's The Shop: Uninterrupted, minimizing homophobia Lil Nas X has faced throughout his life.
"No, I'm not mad at Kevin Hart," he said, not taking the bait to start a feud with the comedian. "[...] I don't try and get into these situations because... I'm just here to be funny and laugh."
The controversy began when a clip from the TV talk series was posted online in which Lil Nas X discusses coming out as gay. Hart tried to shut down the conversation by questioning why it even mattered to begin with. "He said he was gay, so what?" Hart asked agitatedly, appearing to dismiss the topic's importance entirely.
When Lil Nas X said that he was raised to "hate" himself for being gay, Hart again brushed him off.
"Hate what?" he asked.
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It was a classic case of gaslighting, in which Hart tried to make the musician question his own lived reality as a queer Black man. If anyone knows why it matters that Lil Nas X is gay, it's Lil Nas X and not Kevin Hart.
But Lil Nas X, who recently received words of support from presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, just wants to enjoy his life and his record-breaking success. "Old Town Road" recently shattered the record for most weeks spent at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 19 weeks at the chart's summit. He's at the top of the world right now, and it's smart to not let people like Hart get to him.
"I'm not trying to say anything," he said, "because you say anything, your words get twisted, and then you've got to say something about that, and it's just on and on."
It looks like the Old Town Road is actually a high one.