The colorful video, praised for being “unapologetically queer”, sees the 21-year-old artist – actual title Montero Lamar Hill – in numerous guises, together with as Adam within the Backyard of Eden.
In direction of the tip of the video he offers Lucifer a lap dance earlier than snapping his neck and taking his crown.
Whereas the video has acquired a rapturous reception from followers, fellow artists and critics, Lil Nas X acquired a backlash from right-wing pundits within the US over the provocative spiritual context.
“There was no system concerned. I made the choice to create the music video,” he stated in response to at least one critic who accused him of setting a foul instance to his youthful followers.
“I’m an grownup. I’m not gonna spend my complete profession making an attempt to cater to your youngsters. That’s your job.”
In an earlier tweet, he commented: “There’s a mass capturing each week that our authorities does nothing to cease. Me sliding down a CGI pole isn’t what’s destroying society.”
A remark piece inVariety applauded Lil Nas X for evoking “everybody from Madonna and Janet Jackson to Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion… and in doing so proclaimed that he has each proper to be simply as brazen about his wishes and titillating about his physique”.
Upon the discharge of the video, Lil Nas X shared a moving letter to his 14-year-old self, which stated: “I do know we promised to by no means come out publicly. I do know we promised to by no means be ‘that’ sort of homosexual individual, I do know we promised to die with the key, however this can open doorways for a lot of different queer folks to easily exist.
“You see that is very scary for me, folks will likely be indignant, they are going to say I’m pushing an agenda. However the reality is, I’m. The agenda to make folks keep the f*** out of different folks’s lives and cease dictating who they need to be.”