The only evil thing about “Montero” is the hypocrisy it exposes

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7 min readMar 31, 2021

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On Friday, pop star and internet gawd Lil Nas X dropped the music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” the most devilish, dangerously queer vision of the Garden of Eden of all time. Try as you might, but nothing’s touching the sensational ballerina spin and inverted crucifix the 21-year-old artist hit before giving Satan himself a lap dance, spreading eagle on demon dick. The video quickly went viral — and as expected, offended quite a few viewers along the way, many of whom described LNX’s artistic expression as something between sacrilege and satanic. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the outrage is more about the messenger than the message.

Lil Nas X has dealt with homophobia ever since he came out in 2019 — which happened, not insignificantly, after his breakout song “Old Town Road” shattered Billboard’s record for longest consecutive run at №1. So it’s no surprise to see haters react to the “Montero” video, which also depicts the rapper kissing the devil and later snapping his neck. That sequence is a meaningful subversion of the deadly notion that queer people are influenced by Satan — or are demons themselves.

The backlash from bozos was swift. Joyner Lucas — a rapper best known for his fake-deep “I Am Not a Racist” video, wherein a Black man embraces a MAGA-capped racist — announced his personal boycott of the new song and video in a now-deleted tweet. Former NBA forward and noted cheater Nick Young tweeted that he’d also be removing “Old Town Road” from his kids’ playlists to stave off their conversion to Satanism. They were far from the only ones with this opinion, but from where I’m sitting, it seems like there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on around here.

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People of Lucas’ and Young’s ilk rarely chime in on the satanic imagery and lyrics of rappers like Sahbabi, who has a whole 666 Movement. There’s not a peep…