Lil Nas X is, once again, dismissing his conservative critics.
The 21-year-old entertainer created a stir this week with the release of his “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video—an “unapologetically queer” visual packed with Biblical references and sexed-up imagery, including a scene in which Lil Nas gives a lap dance to Satan. Although many applauded the provocative video, some slammed it as immoral, demonic, and harmful to kids.
Lil Nas, who has never shied away from calling out his haters, addressed the controversy in a series of tweets this week. He correctly brushed off the hysterics and told the public his work isn’t intended for children, and, contrary to what right-wing pundits are saying, it will not lead to the end of civilization.
“Showed my 3 month old niece the call me by your name video,” he wrote in an obviously sarcastic tweet, “and she said uncle that was quite the stupendous visual, why in heavens would any individual be enraged over such a sensational showpiece.’ I’m gonna go cry yall😢😢.”
One Twitter user posted a clip of Lil Nas performing in front of a group of children. The user pointed to the video as evidence that “the system” (whatever that means) was targeting kids. Lil Nas replied with a clear message:
Lil Nas also suggested that his critics redirect their outrage to more pressing matters, reminding them of the recent mass shootings and the surge of migrant children being kept in cages.
Check out more of Lil Nas’ tweets on the unnecessary backlash below.