Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” Sparks Controversy


Christine Krenke

Last Friday, Lil Nas X dropped his new single, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”. The song was released on multiple platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube. In addition to the song, Lil Nas X dropped a music video, which brought about a storm of criticism from conservatives and religious families. In the video, Lil Nas X meets the devil and follows him to Hell, where the two partake in a scandalous love affair. Many parents believed Lil Nas X shouldn’t have released the music video since a large number of his fans are young children.

“‘Old Town Road’ is every kid’s anthem.” Joyner Lucas, a rapper with a 5-year old of his own, tweeted on Sunday. “Children love [Lil Nas X] for that record…So with no disclaimer he just dropped some left field ish and all our kids seen it.” 

Lil Nas X responded to Lucas explaining that “Old Town Road” was never intended for children. It contains themes of adultery and drug lean, both of which shouldn’t be any “kid’s anthem”.

“You decided to let your children listen. Blame yourself.” He tweeted. 

Other twitter users accused Lil Nas X of targeting children, to which he replied, “I am an adult. I am not gonna spend my entire career trying to cater to your children. That is your job.” 

Aside from the multitude of hate comments from Christians and conservatives, Lil Nas X also garnered a large amount of positivity from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. The music video and song were both groundbreaking, showing Lil Nas X unabashedly and passionately expressing his sexuality. In an industry where LGBTQ+ representation and expression is scarce, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” was a huge step forward. 

Lil Nas X’s father was among the crowd who enjoyed “Montero”. On the 26th of March, he tweeted, “Very creative video…Congratulations. Live life on your own terms. Very PROUD of you.” 

Hundreds of thousands of teens and young adults also made tiktoks about the song, praising it, singing it, and dancing to it. As of now, the music video has 97 million views and the song is at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. If you’re interested in listening to the song, it’s now available on all platforms.