Lil Nas X Says Industry Wants Artists to 'Be Gay Without Being Gay'
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Lil Nas X Says Industry Wants Artists to ‘Be Gay Without Being Gay’

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Lil Nas X is clapping back at the music industry.

Lil Nas X came out in 2019, and since then, he has become one of the biggest names showcasing his sexuality through his music and performances. He recently opened up while speaking to CBS about what it’s been like coming out in such a public way.

 

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“Be Gay Without Being Gay.”

“I feel like I’m definitely much more ‘out there with it. It’s always been, ‘Okay, if you’re gay, this needs to be sanitized. Let’s not including anything sexual,'” he said. “It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t wanna know what happens behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to express that.”

Sexualized content in the music industry is nothing new. However, it’s only been in recent years where queer artists could also start expressing their sexuality in a similar way that other artists can express heteronormative sexuality. Nas X says he is now able to demand his work is allowed the same space in the music industry.

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“I’m saying that I’m gonna do that if I want to. And I want every other artist to feel the same way,” he said.

 

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His most notable instance of doing what he wants is prevalent in his music video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name.) The music video is his most polarizing; it features him sliding down a pole to meet Satan in Hell, where he gives him a lap dance. Nas X said he didn’t understand why the video was so controversial.

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“Well, you know the saying, you know, ‘Gay people go to Hell,’ or anybody in the LGBT community? So it’s like, ‘Okay, I’m goin’ to Hell.’ I went to Hell!” he said. “And now people are like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe he did that!’ But wasn’t I going there anyway? Why are you upset about that?”

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