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Homophobe Kevin Hart’s Interruption Of Lil Nas X Explanation Of Why He Came Out Isn’t That Big Of A Surprise

Lil Nas X might be the most patient man in the world. While sitting across from comedian Kevin Hart and marketing executive Paul Rivera on HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” the “Old Town Road” rapper was able to keep his cool after being grilled about his decision to come out as gay. The clip has gone viral on Twitter and users aren’t so happy with how Hart interrupted Lil Nas X during his moment.

 The 20-year-old was able to say his peace, but the conversation wasn’t any less uncomfortable as the two much older men tried to diminish the very real homophobia that gay black men like him experience. 

The uncomfortable moment.

During a roundtable on “The Shop” things got tense when Hart implied no one should care that Lil Nas X is gay because homophobia isn’t real. 

“And with all that early success, you felt it was important to make an announcement recently?” Rivera asked. 

However, before Lil Nas X could tell his side of things, Hart rudely interrupted. “He said he was gay! So what? Who cares?” He shouted.  

Rivera, thankfully, seemed uninterested in Hart’s commentary. He asked Lil Nas X again why he thought his revelation is important. Lil Nas X said he was taught to hate his sexual orientation. Then Hart interrupted again. “Why are you growing up to hate it?” Hart said flippantly.

“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,” Lil Nas X said with exasperation.  

His impact.

Lil Nas X made a conscious decision to come out as gay during the peak of his success. While it is a common misconception that the black community is more homophobic than other communities, queer people often have a difficult time breaking into the hip hop industry nevertheless. 

Even in his coming out, the Atlanta native noted that it would alienate some from his music. 

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to ‘c7osure’” he tweeted.

Thus, Lil Nas X’s coming out is a very big deal. As were the revelations that Frank Ocean, and Tyler the Creator, who was previously accused of being a homophobe for his use of the F-word before he came out, are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Kevin Hart has a history of being homophobic. 

This year, Hart’s old anti-gay comments from 2009 – 2011 resurfaced on social media. Hart flat out refused to apologize, which raised eyebrows amongst the public. In the since-deleted tweets, Hart said he would beat his son if he found him playing with dolls, that his worst fear is if his son was gay, and referred to someone as a “gay billboard for AIDS.” 

Hart insisted that he had already apologized but no one could find any evidence of said apology. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rescinded their invitation for him to host the Oscars when he refused to apologize. 

“I’m not going to do it, man,” he said. “I’m going to be me. I’m going to stand my ground. Regardless, Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm no foul.”

The comedian dismissed critics of his anti-gay rhetoric as people who were “searching for reasons to be angry.” 

“If you don’t believe that people don’t change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you,” Hart said in a video addressing the comments. “If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you.”

I think we can all agree based on his interaction with Lil Nas X that he has not changed or grown since 2009. 

Save the children! Protect Gen Z at all cost!

As a childless millennial, I consider it my responsibility to protect Gen Z at all cost. These beautiful, innovative, openminded kids have been done dirty by Baby Boomers and Gen X who deregulated everything for short term personal gain. Us millennial burnouts haven’t been much help either. Our anxiety-induced political inaction following the 2008 recession hasn’t made the future look any less bleak for these children. 

Older people should not be gaslighting the young and marginalized about their own experiences. We should be hearing them out and trying to do better for them today than we did yesterday. 

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Nike Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’

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Nike Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’

Updated April 1, 2021

Rapper and singer Lil Nas X jumped headfirst into the pool controversy this week. After setting the internet on fire recently with his latest single, the rapper ramped up the heat with a new shoe line called Satan Shoes. Featuring a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross, and a drop of real human blood, the shoes by Lil Nas sold out almost immediately.

It also launched a wave of comments and criticism.

The black and red sneakers came from a collaboration with Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF.

The shoes were made with Nike Air Max 97s. Since the release, however, Nike has come forth to distance itself from the limited-edition design which dropped 666 pairs sold out in less than a minute. The shoes were priced at $1,018 a number that refers to the Bible passage Luke 10:18 which reads “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

Each shoe has an air bubble sole that contains 60 cubic centimeters (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and according to MSCHF “one drop” of human blood. According to MSCHF spokesperson, the blood was provided by members of the art collective. “We love to sacrifice for our art,” he stated.

In a statement about the shoes, Nike said it was not involved in producing the modified sneakers.

“We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF,” the company said in an email to CNN. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”

In response to the shoes, Nike requested a temporary restraining order.

On Thursday, a judge sided with Nike’s request for our temporary restraining order against the unofficial sneakers. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nike is accusing the “Satan shoes” of damaging the company’s professional reputation. In reaction to the shoes, many consumers who believed them to be an official release threatened to boycott the company. While Nike did not sue the art collective over their “Jesus shoe” which was another unofficial Nike Air Max 97 shoe according to THR “Nike has left open the possibility of amending its complaint to include a claim over Jesus shoes too.” 

Of course it didn’t take long for the shoes to spark outrage online.

Political and religious figures, like South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the evangelical pastor Mark Burns, were quick to chime in with their opinions about the shoes. In a tweet about the shoes, Burns called them “evil” and “heresy.”

Many fans of Lil Nas meanwhile, tweeted their support, however.

In response to the backlash around the shoe Lil Nas posted a video to his official YouTube account titled “Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe.” The video has already been viewed over 1.8 million times and after a few seconds the “apology” cuts to a scene from the rapper’s latest music video, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” The video shows him dancing with a devil character. At one point the rapper snaps the devil’s neck and taking his horned crown for himself to wear.

Lil Nas X responded to the backlash over the music video’s rebellious religious imagery stating “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s**t y’all preached would happen to me because i was gay… So i hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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