Lil Nas X Responds to Skeptical Coming-Out Questions From Kevin Hart on ‘The Shop’

X speaks definitively when interrupted multiple times by Hart and others.




Unless you're decidedly washed and generally just not a pleasant person to be around, the presence of Lil Nas X in the current zeitgeist is a welcome one. X, even when discussing something as standard as plans for his debut album, routinely offers up far-from-boring anecdotes. Not to mention his Pride Month coming out message was an inspiring source of encouragement for young fans amid the lengthy "Old Town Road" charts dominance. 

And now, in a teaser clip from a new episode of HBO's The Shop, Lil Nas X is seen in a roundtable discussion with an assortment of people, most of whom have since been chastised in tweets about the very nature of the filmed discussion.

.@lilnasx speaks the truth about his choice to come out while at the top. More of The Shop on @HBO now!

— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 4, 2019

Asked why it was important or necessary to share his coming out message, a multi-person inquiry that sort of comes across as bullying and includes an impassioned Kevin Hart, who, um, almost hosted the Oscars once, X answered definitively.

"It's not that, like, it's like being forced," he said. "It's just knowing [that] growing up, I'm growing up to hate this shit."

Hart then broke in to ask "what" Nas was saying he was taught to hate as a child, to which the 20-year-old answered firmly. "Homosexuality, gay people," X said. "Come on, now. If you really from the hood, you know. For me, the cool dude with the song on the top of everything to say this any other time, I'm doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you're doing this when you're at the top, you know it's for real."

The clip, embedded above, has inspired some online debate in which Hart, specifically, is being taken to task for his previous comments on the LGBTQ community. Additionally, the overall way this discussion unfolded has been criticized:

Lil Nas X is a gift. He continues to be courageous and wise. But putting him in a situation to be gaslit by known homophobes about his choice to come out is terrible.

— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) September 4, 2019

“You’re gay So what?!!”- Kevin Hart

Lil Nas checked him on that quick

— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) September 4, 2019

Kevin attempting to come off as the “enlightened” one here when he literally lost the biggest job of his life due to homophobia is big jokes.

— April (@ReignOfApril) September 4, 2019

Before y’all get messy, I don’t really care about Kevin Hart. What passed for jokes nearly a decade ago and now are very different. He gave a kind of flippant apology, but like IMO he’s fine. But his tone in this was clearly like he couldn’t imagine why Nas X would worry about it

— Phillip (@MajorPhilebrity) September 4, 2019

In related news, Lil Nas X recently told Angie Martinez he's currently working on what will become his debut studio full-length. As it stands now, he's approximately 2 percent done with the songwriting part of the process.

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