Lil Nas X’s 2021 BET Awards performance received a lot of attention after the performer ended his set by passionately making out with one of his male dancers.
The rapper performed his hit single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” with an Egyptian theme, dressed as a Pharaoh, in a homage to Michael Jackson’s 1991 “Remember the Time” music video.
Lil Nas X was surrounded by topless male dancers throughout the performance and ended the song by kissing one of them as he held another to his chest.
While most fans loved the performance, and the kiss in particular, there were some who criticized Lil Nas X for the steamy show.
One Twitter user wrote: “DONT USE AFRICAN CULTURE FOR SHITS LIKE THIS!!!!!!! RESPECT OUR ANCESTORS.”
— Trill Clinton (@summertime516) June 28, 2021
But Lil Nas X had the perfect response to the user, writing back: “y’all really like to pretend homosexuality didn’t exist in African culture.”
y’all really like to pretend homosexuality didn’t exist in african culture https://t.co/mGmah0CbP9
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) June 28, 2021
Other fans pointed out that homosexuality was actually very common in ancient Egypt. Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, ancient Egyptian royal servants, are believed to be the first recorded same-sex couple in history by some scholars.
They really like to pretend that Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum weren't a real gay couple in ancient Egypt pic.twitter.com/WYZ2MJ9kZJ
— 𝔻𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕕 ℝ. ℙ. 🏳️🌈 (they/them) #BLM #BTLM (@DavidRP91) June 28, 2021
Meanwhile, another user shared a link to an article listing “21 varieties of African homosexuality,” writing: “Africa is a continent with hella cultures existing inside of it. Also learn your own history.”
Africa is a continent with hella cultures existing inside of it. Also learn your own history. https://t.co/qsxOxgIZdV
— 1-800-Sirnipsalot (@Ash_amoLH) June 28, 2021
Most people praised Lil Nas X for his bravery in ending the show in such a way, however, with rapper Diddy giving him a personal shout-out: “Lil Nas X did that!! Be fearless!!!”
Lil Nas X did that!! Be fearless!!! 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿
— LOVE (@Diddy) June 28, 2021
Earlier this year, Lil Nas X said he is no longer afraid of “alienating” straight fans anymore, saying that if they were to be offended by something he does or says, they were “never really there for [him]” in the first place.
You can watch the full performance here: