Religion and sexuality, are the two most sensitive topics and have divided humanity right in the middle. On March 30th, American superstar Lil Nas X released the music video for his song, Montero (Call Me By Your Name) which has sparked a wave controversy and Satanic panic online.
The music video shows the rapper sliding down a pole to hell where he meets the devil, sitting on his throne. He then proceeds to give him a lap dance. Commentators and conservatives, including politicians in the US, have criticised the song, saying it promotes devil worshiping and scandalizes young fans.
In a social media post, Lil Nas X whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill wrote a note to his younger self, saying the video was meant to create awareness and normalize being gay.
“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 doors for many other queer people to simply exist,” he writes.
“You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.”
The rapper, famous for his smash hit Old Town road already has over 80M views for his new song. Along with the song’s controversy, Mr. Montero is currently promoting Satan Shoes, a pair of modified Nike Air Max 97s that display a pentagram and contain “a drop of human blood”.