Lil Nas X (image via Facebook)
“Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X is getting anti-gay backlash after he came out late last month, but he’s not taking it hands down. Despite seeing an increase to his music sales, Lil Nas X has had to deal with Twitter trolls.
While talking to the BBC Breakfast this past Friday, Lil Nas X shared that he decided to come out for his own self-freedom and relief. But, he also saw what coming out could do for his communities.
“How big of a deal is that?” he added, rhetorically. “Is it something that I was considering never doing ever, like taking to the grave or something? But I was like, I don’t want to just live my entire life, especially how I got to where I’m at, just not doing what I want to do. I’m also, I feel like, opening the doors for more people. … Because it’s not really accepted in either [the country or hip-hop communities].”
Unfortunately, Lil Nas X has received some of that pushback from the hip-hop, country, and black communities. As he shared during the interview:
“I’m already getting it. …I used to be that person being negative. I’m not angry or anything… because I understand how they want that reaction. But I’m just going to joke back with them.”
But again, Lil Nax X isn’t taking the insults sitting down. While the rapper from Atlanta, Georgia has easily let some of the hate slide, he hasn’t ignored all of the messages. Lil Nas X gave a simple response to the people who said something anti-gay, transphobic, or relating homosexuality to bestiality through Lil Nas X’s song.
But wishing to not get too serious (or too violent), the rapper also responded with humor and jokes.
Though, some complaints that his song “Old Town Road” somehow is a coded message about being gay left the rapper exasperated.
Stay strong Lil Nas X. With all this hate comes heaps of love and acceptance, and we’re rooting for you.