There is a lot of talk and hype over rap music star Lil’ Nas X’s latest video. It’s the video for his new single called “Montero (Call Me By Your Name). I watched it and yes, I will agree with some that at first sight, it’s a bit much.
Lil’ Nas dressed like a mid-century Queen, then in a catsuit swinging down a stripper pole and dancing for the devil. Ok – I get it. But I also get Lil’ Nas’ message. If you’ve read anything about Lil’ Nas, you’d understand throughout his entire childhood he was taught to be ‘gay’ meant you’re going to hell.
During that time, Nas says he hated himself. It was as if HE were living in hell. I got that the video with all it’s satanic and demonic imagery was a glimpse inside what Nas felt all those years – trapped. Lil’ Nas has said he did the video because he knew it would get people talking and it has.
And he wanted young people to understand the power of being free and being okay with who you are. And I get that it sometimes takes a ‘shock’ video to ‘shake up’ society. Personally, I think Nas’ video was a much-needed shot in the arm we all need to ‘wake up’ and talk about what makes some uncomfortable — the LGBTQ community.
Lil’ Nas did not just make the video to get the conversation going. He started the conversation by releasing his so called “Satan Shoes”, which, by the way, sold out online in less than a minute. The shoe concept was no fluke either. Nas carefully and deliberately priced the shoes at $1018. That was taken from Luke 10:18 in the Bible. In case you didn’t know, in that passage, Satan falls from heaven.