The rapper has taught his haters a thing or two about Christian virtues
When homophobic Christians tried to picket his show, Lil Nas X responded much like Jesus himself would: with kindness.
Ahead of playing a gig at the MGM Musical Hall in Boston last Sunday, the rapper tweeted a video of a small group of Christian protesters across the street from the venue entrance, with signs reading stuff like “Jesus is God, even demons know it” and “Repent and believe the gospel.” In the face of this provocation, however, Lil Nas X remained characteristically unphased, tweeting, “I just told my team to send them pizza, this is really good promo!”
Sadly, this olive branch was rebuffed. In a follow-up video, one of the protesters rejected the pizza, saying “we thank you, we appreciate it, but no thank you.” Not very Christian! But never one to miss the opportunity for a spot of tomfoolery, Lil Nas X announced that he had fallen in love with one of the protesters, zooming in on the man and overlaying the video with Sufjan Steven’s “Mystery of Love” from the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack. Later that night, he tweeted “can’t stop thinking about the cute homophobic guy that was protesting my concert last night. i just know we had a connection. i miss him so much man. i’m nothing without him”
Evangelical Christians have been gunning for Lil Nas X for a while: not only he is a gay Black man, but his cheerfully blasphemous video for “MONTERO (Call Be Your Name)” (in which Hill rides a stripper pole to hell and gives the devil a lap-dance) sparked a full-blown Satanic panic last year. The narrative that he was an agent of the antichrist only gained traction when he released a limited edition pair of custom Nike trainers, dubbed “Satan Shoes”, which each contained a drop of human blood. Right-wing pundits across the US rushed to condemn him as an evil influence. But with this latest pizza stunt, Lil Nas x has embodied the Christian virtues of turning the other cheek, feeding the hungry (or at least trying to), and forgiving the haters. Can those trying to demonise him say the same?