Who did Lil Nas X kiss? Singer shamed by homophobic trolls for gutsy smooch at BET Awards 2021
Singer Lil Nas X set the BET Awards stage on fire not only with his powerhouse singing but also his steamy smooch with a man that sent the audience into a frenzy. The 22-year-old rapper put up a brilliant performance to his song 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)'. The Egyptian theme of the performance was perceived as a fitting tribute to pop legend Michael Jackson's 'Remember The Time' music video. Lil Nas X performed in the golden garb of a Pharaoh, accompanied by an all-male dance troupe in front of a throne.
In the final seconds of the performance, two of the dancers climbed up to the podium and cosied up with the singer. He then shared a passionate kiss with one of the Black male dancers, a moment that has been dubbed as 'historic' by the LGBTQ community. The video of the kiss went viral within a while as people considered it an iconic way to celebrate Pride Month. Even rapper Diddy lauded him tweeting, "Lil Nas X did that!! Be fearless!!!" However, the openly gay singer was also trolled by sick homophobes on social media who shamed him for the act.
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YESSSSSS! @LilNasX just did that! 🔥🔥 #BETAwards #CulturesBiggestNight pic.twitter.com/Ft0AzAitvJ— BET (@BET) June 28, 2021
Lil Nas X did that!! Be fearless!!! 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿— LOVE (@Diddy) June 28, 2021
Who did Lil Nas X kiss?
Before the performance, the 'Old Town Road' hitmaker amped up the hype, saying, "I can't give you much, but it's going to be the best one. No offence to all the other performers. Yeah. I mean it though, I mean it."
While the identity of the lucky man is yet to be revealed, he was one of the Black dancers to accompany the artist on stage. It is also not known whether the singer shares any off-camera romance with him, though the kiss appears to be a statement within the performance.
Author Michael Arceneaux wrote, "I’m glad Lil Nas X did that kiss at the end. So many needed to see that for different reasons." A Twitter user wrote, "On the last day of #pride 2021 @LilNasX got on the #BETAwards stage and kissed another guy. If you grew up Black and gay, you know how major this is. I live for this kid."
"Me, watching Lil Nas X make-out with another black man on national TV during Pride month," tweeted an exhilarated fan. "One thing about Lil Nas X, he gone break the internet #BETAwards," tweeted another.
I’m glad Lil Nas X did that kiss at the end. So many needed to see that for different reasons.— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) June 28, 2021
On the last day of #pride 2021 @LilNasX got on the #BETAwards stage and kissed another guy.— It’s Brandon, B*tch. (@beingbrandonlee) June 28, 2021
If you grew up Black and gay, you know how major this is.
I live for this kid.
Me, watching Lil Nas X make-out with another black man on national TV during Pride month pic.twitter.com/TKX7AO6mAy— The Casual Sex Captain (@jiggyjayy2) June 28, 2021
One thing about Lil Nas X, he gone break the internet #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/Q3igF21eMF— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) June 28, 2021
However, not everyone was impressed by Lil Nas X's steamy kiss with another man. Homophobic trolls targeted the young singer to slam his act, but his fan brigade soon emerged at his defence. "That shit wasn’t cool now kids finna be at school kissing in the bathroom," tweeted a troll. Another user slammed him, "DONT USE AFRICAN CULTURE FOR SHITS LIKE THIS!!!!!!! RESPECT OUR ANCESTORS"
The singer himself clapped back at the troll saying, "Y’all really like to pretend homosexuality didn’t exist in African culture."
That shit wasn’t cool now kids finna be at school kissing in the bathroom 🤮— thegoatmarquis (@itsmarquis24) June 28, 2021
DONT USE AFRICAN CULTURE FOR SHITS LIKE THIS!!!!!!! RESPECT OUR ANCESTORS— Kudz (@ghettogod9) June 28, 2021
y’all really like to pretend homosexuality didn’t exist in african culture https://t.co/mGmah0CbP9— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) June 28, 2021
Lil Nas X also turned heads on the red carpet of BET Awards with two eye-catching outfits from the Cinderella-esque flowing gown to a floral, lacy-edged, bell-bottomed suit.