Lil Nas X Offers Free Pizza to "Homophobic Protesters" at His Concert

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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

One thing about Lil Nas X is that he'll never let a hater get him down (I mean — have you listened to "Industry Baby"?). Earlier this month, the 23-year-old rapper embarked on his Long Live Montero tour in support of his debut album, MONTERO. His recent tour date at Boston's MGM Music Hall created quite a buzz, not only because his star power made it to Massachusetts, but because of religious protesters outside the venue.

In natural Nas fashion, he posted about it on Twitter by quote tweeting a fan's video of the event. "Just told my team to send them pizza, this is really good promo!" he wrote alongside the clip, where some of the group's members wore shirts with text reading "Christ's Forgiveness Ministries Revival." He then quoted his own tweet, adding: "Update: they didn't want the pizza but I accidentally fell in love with one of the homophobic [protesters]," where romantic music starts playing as the camera zooms in to one of the members.

Lil Nas X initially caused controversy within conservative communities with his over-the-top music video for "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)," in which he seduces a character resembling Satan. The video, which won Video of the Year at the 2021 Video Music Awards, symbolized conservatives' tendency to demonize queer folks for merely existing — so, Nas played up the homoerotic fantasy to reclaim his power.

In March 2021, Lil Nas X wrote an open letter to his 14-year-old self in light of the song's release and the controversy it sparked. "I know we promised to never be 'that' type of gay person, I know we promised to die with this secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist," he wrote at the time. He later continued, "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 f--k out of other people's lives and dictating who they should be."

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