By MIKAEL WOOD
Lil Nas X’s new single is “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Let’s give Lil Nas X credit for the ample ground he breaks in the splashy music video for his new song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).
” Released Friday, when it began its instant ascent toward the top of YouTube’s Trending chart, the clip by the singer, rapper and meme lord is the first I can recall seeing in which a long-haired gentleman slides down a pole to hell and gives Satan a lap dance before casually snapping the devil’s neck and taking control of the underworld.
“Wanna give a shout-out to all pole dancers. that [s—] is hard asf to do,” he tweeted with characteristic generosity after the video dropped. “the back of my legs were literally bleeding on set lmao.” Yet with the entirely foreseeable reaction triggered by “Montero” — which is the given first name of the 21-year-old who went ultra-viral in 2019 with “ Old Town Road ” — Lil Nas X is also tapping into an age-old pop-music tradition: the satanic panic. Politicians, conservative commentators and even some folks who really should know better have taken to social media in the last […]
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