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Lil Nas X claps back at critics of his new “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video

Lil Nas X isn’t taking any criticism sitting down, reports Anna Chan at Billboard

The rapper, who dropped his new single and video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” last month, is hitting back at critics who don’t think his latest visual is appropriate.

In the colorful CGI-laden video, Lil Nas X ventures from the Garden of Eden to ancient Greece before pole-dancing down a stripper pole into hell, where he gives Satan a lap dance before killing Lucifer.

One critic shared a video of the artist performing his mega-hit “Old Town Road” in front of an audience of children and wrote of his new video: “The system is targeting kids. Lil Nas X’s fanbase is mostly children. They did the same thing with Miley Cyrus after Hannah Montana.”

“I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”

Lil Nas X responded: “there was no system involved. I made the decision to create the music video. I am an adult. I am not gonna spend my entire career catering to your children. That is your job.”

As the criticisms continued rolling in late last month, the artist—born Montero Lamar Hill—tweeted at his critics to address the heat he was receiving. “There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop,” he pointed out to one person. “me sliding down a cgi pole isn’t what’s destroying society.”

“Showed my 3 month old niece the call me by your name video and she said ‘uncle that was quite the stupendous visual, why in heavens would any individual be enraged over such a sensational showpiece,’” he wrote sarcastically at one point. “I’m gonna go cry y’all.”

But he wasn’t done venting. “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because i was gay,” he tweeted March 27. So I hope you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”