Lil Nas X is a 20-year-old rapper whose country-rap single ‘Old Town Road’ became a viral challenge on TikTok before dominating pop culture in a major way. The song was controversially removed from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs over claims it wasn’t really country, leading Billy Ray Cyrus, of all people, to jump in and assist. As of the writing of this post, ‘Old Town Road’ has been at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks straight, fending off competition from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, Drake, and Billie Eilish. Yesterday, on the final day of Pride Month, he came out on Twitter, and it was really sweet (and also a fab excuse to plug his new album).
some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨ pic.twitter.com/O9krBLllqQ— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
For those who thought this was too subtle, he made sure everyone knew what he was talking about.
deadass thought i made it obvious pic.twitter.com/HFCbVqBkLM— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
it’s true i am a guy https://t.co/7hsG0TEm8i— nope (@LilNasX) July 1, 2019
Some people reacted in obviously sh*tty ways, which we won’t share here. Instead, let’s focus on the positive and the funny!
me watching yall freak out about lil nas x being gay while i, an intellectual, know that every cowboy is gay pic.twitter.com/fRMKwVDt1V— 𝖈𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖑𝖎𝖊 🖤🏳️🌈 (@lyrarabbit) July 1, 2019
I love that @LilNasX fits literally zero of societies boxes.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) July 1, 2019
Such a window into gen z and I appreciate how free they are.
Keep being you, homie. 🌈
my favourite part of today is that lil nas x has had the homophobes singing ride till I ride no more with such vim pic.twitter.com/1xYL3vBWUT— grace (@gracebeverley) July 1, 2019
So my son @LilNasX came out on the last day of pride month which means a Gen Z queer black man killed it on the country & pop charts with a two minute trap beat sampled from an Nine Inch Nails song— Jazz the Writer (@WTMpresents) July 1, 2019
In conclusion, I've decided to stan even harder. pic.twitter.com/eAX3btCHZU
anyone shocked Lil Nas X is queer missed the most painfully obvious clue: he's actually good at Twitter.— Alistair Baldwin (@BaldwinAlistair) July 1, 2019
We will protect Lil Nas X at all costs 🌈— Ira thee Third (@ira) July 1, 2019
Lil' Nas X stealing that top spot from Taylor's wannabe gay anthem and THEN coming out is honestly among the biggest flexes of all time.— Robert O. (@pizzarollsroyce) July 1, 2019
The usual homophobic suspects are crawling out of the woodwork, as are all the Well Actually guys who just want you to know they don’t care if Lil Nas X is gay but why won’t he shut up about it and all that crap. But seriously, it’s wonderful that a 20-year-old rapper who’s currently at the peak of his fame and visibility as a celebrity has come out in such a nonchalant way as Pride Month wrapped up. All that AND he performed at Glastonbury? There’s a man living his best life.
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