despite it feeling really weird that a straight white guy comes in the middle of a lil nas x song to be like "i am very straight pls believe me here look at this woman i absolutely just had sex with" i also feel like that was kinda the point.
like it is saying directly to those christian/republican assholes "you're fine with this type of sexualization tho it is exactly the same level as what i am doing you just have a problem when i do it because i am black and gay"
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Lil Nas X as an artist has been so fascinating to watch in terms of growth. If you had told me that the “Old Town Road” kid was going to just keep fucking curbstomping his competition and end up being the center of really thought-provoking (if not a bit controversial) discussion, I don't think I would've believed you. I absolutely love “Industry Baby” and the video feels like he definitely watched the video to Olivia Newtown John's "Physical" and said, "I can and will make something gayer than that for the 21st century".
I think if you follow the songs "C7osure", "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)", and "Industry Baby", you get a really great trilogy that shows an artist who has become very confident in his own sexuality and has found a way to present it in a way that is wildly entertaining while still being very poignant to his audience. If a lot of gay black men (or just queer youth in general) have been following him and finally had the strength to come out or embrace their sexuality because of Nas' success, his music, his memes, his humor, etc., it should be considered a victory. I'm constantly impressed by just how plugged in this kid is when it comes to internet culture and how to use it as a tool for promotion. It’s clear that he's got it all figured out in a way that I never could've dreamed of at his age.
I also think he’s become a master of presenting himself in a way that's so mature while still leaving plenty of room for him to be really playful and hilarious. This and "Montero" are not meant to be taken that seriously, which only makes it funnier and more ridiculous when homophobes express disgust and start clutching their pearls. It's like, "Oh, this is what makes you mad? I feel sorry for you that you can't enjoy this, because this is just incredible art. You’re really missing out." I think Nas just keeps finding new and innovative ways to throw those disgusting, idiotic criticisms back without ever really revealing weakness. I think he's also shared really creative points and arguments that keep highlighting the ridiculous amount of hypocrisy these people show when they complain about his art. I don’t think he feeds off of controversy. I think it finds him and he’s just become adept at knowing how to throw it back. It’s an incredible skill in this day and age.
I imagine some stuff that he reads or sees on Twitter and other places probably bothers him and maybe even gets under his skin a little bit. (I mean, with death threats and tweets from actual sitting senators, how could it not?) He usually just posts another relevant picture of Squidward on Twitter and keeps going about his business.
It's been absolutely amazing and such a thrilling, wild ride to see this guy go from "Old Town Road" to "Industry Baby". I legitimately think he's one of the best, most entertaining, most original dudes working in music right now and what he's doing and offering to people is truly invaluable. I’m always excited to see what's next for Nas and where he’s going. The guy is such a bright star and I hope he continues to go far.
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A little warning for those watching Industry Baby by Lil Nas X, who suffer from seizures / are affected by strobe or harsh lights
From 2:30 to 2:55 of Industry Baby there are harsh light affects. After that until about 3:21 there are still lights but not as severe. Please be careful!
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