Lil Nas X Claps Back at Homophobic Comments After BET Performance: 'Y'all Hate Yourselves So Much'
The "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" singer kissed one of his dancers during his performance at Sunday's BET Awards. "i love who i am and whatever i decide to do," he tweeted
Lil Nas X isn't letting his haters go on unchecked.
On Monday - after hitting the BET Awards red carpet wearing a dress and locking lips with one of his dancers onstage - the "Bring U Down" singer, 22, responded to homophobic comments about his performance and said even he's still working on defeating his insecurities surrounding his sexuality.
Replying to someone sharing a video of an older gay man criticizing his "sexual" performance, Lil Nas X made it clear he's going to just keep being himself, even if he wants to wear a dress.
"y'all hate yourselves so much. y'all live your lives trying your best to appease straight ppl," he wrote. "y'all are uncomfortable with what i do because y'all are afraid they will be uncomfortable with you. work on yourselves."
"i love who i am and whatever i decide to do," he added. "get there."
And, while replying to someone tweeting "being gay doesn't mean you have to look or act the part of a fem," Lil Nas wrote, "wearing traditional male clothing and using lebron memes will not help you make straight friends bro give it up."
"You're right i am insecure about my sexuality. i still have a long way to go," Lil Nas wrote. "I've never denied that. when you're conditioned by society to hate yourself your entire life it takes a lot of unlearning. which is exactly why i do what i do."
He later added, "it took me a lot of time to mentally prepare for this performance. while on stage i was trembling knowing that i was performing something like that in front of my straight peers. even during the performance i was having a hard time calming my nerves. thank you guys for the love."
And after a fan critiqued the sexual nature of his performance and asked that he should "promote safe sex," Lil Nas explained that wasn't his job. "i don't have to promote s- babe, i do as i please. i'm not passing out condoms at the motherf-n bet awards," he wrote.
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On Sunday night, he took the stage for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" for an Egyptian-inspired fashion reminiscent of Michael Jackson's music video for "Remember the Time."
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"The love outweighs the hate by like a hundred," he told PEOPLE late last month after receiving mixed reactions to the biblically-inspired video for his single "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)," which recently spent a fifth week at the top of the Billboard Global 200 singles chart. It makes it the longest-running No. 1 by a male soloist, just the latest record he's broken.