Lil Nas X hits back at ‘hypocritical,’ homophobic criticism over BET Awards kiss: ‘i love who i am

Written by on June 29, 2021

Lil Nas X performs onstage at the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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(USA Today) – “I love who I am,” Lil Nas X says, and that’s not going to change despite backlash over his “sexual” performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” at the BET Awards

From the Andrea Grossi ballgown he wore on the red carpet to his Ancient Egypt performance that concluded with the pharaoh-attired singer locking lips with a male background dancer, the 22-year-old Grammy winner did nothing but turn heads Sunday. 

The crowd roared loudly in approval with audience members jumping out of their seats in praise, but not everyone was receptive of Lil Nas X’s public display of affection. Some users on Twitter argued it was inappropriate.

Lil Nas X (real name: Montero Lamar Hill) took to Twitter Monday to address the homophobic comments. 

“y’all hate yourselves so much. y’all live your lives trying your best to appease straight ppl. y’all are uncomfortable with what i do because y’all are afraid they will be uncomfortable with you,” he tweeted. “work on yourselves, i love who i am and whatever i decide to do. get there.”

Lil Nas X revealed in another tweet that his polarizing BET Awards performance was nerve-wracking for him and took “a lot of time to mentally prepare” because he knew he was “performing something like that in front of my straight peers.”

But he said, “if you don’t push yourself outside of your comfort zone you will never grow.”

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