Lil Nas X (middle) with Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero co-directors Zac Manuel (L) and Carlos Lopez Estrada (R) on the TIFF red carpet
Toronto International Film Festival attendees and Lil Nas X experienced a scary moment this weekend, as the Saturday evening premiere of the rapper’s forthcoming documentary, Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, was delayed due to a bomb threat.
According to Variety, the incident occurred as the tour film’s creative team was arriving on the red carpet ahead of its 10 p.m. premiere in the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall. While co-directors Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel and editor Andrew Morrow were already out and greeting fans, organizers were alerted to the threat before Lil Nas X exited his vehicle. The threat was proved not credible and cleared by Toronto law enforcement in about 20 minutes, after which the documentary’s star was allowed to join the rest of the team on the carpet. All in all, the screening went on as planned approximately 30 minutes late.
“I know in my lifetime, while I’m here, I’m going to do my best to make the ceiling unreachable to where we can go as Black queer people. And I mean unreachable as, like, it can go above and beyond,” the rapper told Variety before heading off to Canada. “I feel like we live in a generation where Black queer people really control culture, and they’re helping really take the world to the next level. And I think that’s going to have an effect on our youth watching us.”
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