WWe need to stop the negative reactions to celebrities making the transition to more mature content. They have no obligation to maintain a pristine image to appease anyone.
On March 25, Lil Nas X released the music video for their new single “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”. With its dreamlike computer-generated visuals, the video alluded to the Garden of Eden and showed Lil Nas X sliding through hell on a pole, greeting Satan with a seductive dance and then killing him.
The video racked up millions of views within a day of its release. It was very memorable and controversial, no doubt due to its use of open sexuality alongside biblical imagery.
The controversy surrounding the public image of Lil Nas X has been developing for some time. He became gay at the height of his “Old Town Road” fame in 2019; he disguised himself as drag as Nicki Minaj after actively hiding his pre-fame support for her.
For many people to see the artist behind the song of the year 2019 – the song that children sang and danced in schools across the country – with this flamboyant and outrageous character was appalling. Lil Nas X has been called demonic and underwhelming online, especially after the release of his Satan shoe which is said to have a drop of human blood inside, according to the fashion collective that published it, MSCHF.
Whether or not people dispute the actions of Lil Nas X is not of concern to me. What puzzles me is how people are convinced their cries of outrage are enough to shame him for obediently apologizing and going back to his days as a straight cowboy.
Lil Nas X joins the list of several other artists who have been ashamed to post a more mature image and supposedly not do their job as models – Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande are a few. . Practically speaking, these reviews dance around any mention of the abuse and exploitation that many stars face, which could contribute to a tougher personality as they get older.
This refusal to let public figures grow up and explore their personal expression is obsessive. It’s shocking how puritanical our society is.
Female and LGBTQ artists like the ones I mentioned are severely repressed 10 times more than others when exploring their sexuality.
It only takes one song like “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj or “WAP” by Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B to send the internet in a shameful slutty tizzy.
Probably the most tired and less sincere defense of spitting hatred against celebrities is, “Think about the children!” Most social media platforms have a minimum age limit to create an account.
TVs and other electronic devices are equipped with parental locks. Streaming services have entire catalogs dedicated to children’s media.
There is no denying that adult content is more prevalent and difficult to protect children from mainstream media, but the tools to protect your children’s innocence are plentiful if you are truly dedicated to this goal. Why rely on adult celebrities to raise your children?
Society’s priorities are skewed. Our fixation on chastity and kindness is ironic given the horrific injustices that are committed daily and to which we have become unresponsive.
As Lil Nas X wrote in a Tweet, “There is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop. me, sliding on a CGI pole is not what destroys our society. “
People, including artists who have dedicated themselves to a life in the public eye, are allowed to grow and change. If you don’t agree with this personal change, I encourage you to take your hands off the keyboard before giving a hard time to the human being on the other side of your screen.