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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. 

Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

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Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

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Everyone and their mother has come to know who Lil Nas X is through their favorite country channel or literally anywhere on social media. Lil Nas X’s country hit “Old Country Road” is meaningful for a number of reasons. It means that the King of Country is a black man. When he came out as gay on World Pride Day, it broke another barrier in country music–proving its fans aren’t as backward as the stereotype suggests.

This week, Lil Nas X just broke another seemingly unbeatable record: “Old Country Road” officially dethroned Mariah Carey’s 1995 classic “One Sweet Day” as the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. While Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” was settled into the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1995, “Old Country Road” just hit 17 weeks. 

Mariah Carey, being the classic queen that she is, photoshopped this metaphorical “passing of the torch” to congratulate Lil Nas X.

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In a heartfelt social media post, Carey penned to Lil Nas X directly, “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”

She also shared a BTS video of the recording of “One Sweet Day” and fans are paying their own tributes to the classic.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find any of her lambs talking shade on Lil Nas X. One fan commented, “queens supporting queens. we stan.” Others are trying to support Mariah by saying she still holds the record for female artist with the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

The Lambs 4 Life club is taking this moment to add Mariah’s music to their gratitude list.

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One fan even attributes the song to saving her life, tweeting that “one sweet day saved me when I lost the most important people in my life back in 2012, I was going to end it all but I heard it on the radio and I felt like it was my message to keep on living  and that’s what I did, it will always hold a special place in my heart so thank you mc.”

Another fan shared the heartbreaking meaning “One Sweet Day” will always hold in his family’s hearts: “My younger cousin was four when he passed away and One Sweet Day was first released. His mother still plays it to this day to commemorate his memory at every major gathering. Thank you and Boyz II Men for giving us this wonderful song, it will always mean so much to our family.”

Meanwhile, others are remembering what it was like to listen to that song on cassette.

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Some think that the song will never truly be dethroned because of the way streaming services are able to account for how many times a song is played. You can’t count how many times a cassette tape was played. One fan said, “I promise I’m not hating, but Mariah achieved this without social media, hype, clout, etc., so the record will never be broken in my eyes. These artists today have way more avenues and tactics to get their music out there and heard.”

Some fans are just not letting go of that torch.

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They’re all-caps shouting, “TAKE IT BACK” at the singer and “a timeless song by a timeless angel, it’ll always be the longest-running number one in my heart.”

One fan felt like the thread was a memorial for the song and just had to say it, “You act like the song Died.. It Didn’t.. The World has changed.. just think if you had tools like Social Media.. Pandora.. YouTube Twitter Back Then..”

The rest of the lambs are rooting for beating that record all over again with the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Plus, take it from this fan who is transcending the meaning of competition with this thought: “One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Time changes and so is the taste of listeners, however the inspiration and hope that it brought to the world will never be surpassed by anything and will not be define by a number. #OneSweetDay”

Felicidades to Lil Nas X and to Mariah Carey for being timeless.

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Mariah Carey Hinted That She Is Open To Collaborating With Lil Nas X

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Mariah Carey Hinted That She Is Open To Collaborating With Lil Nas X

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Lil Nas X has made headlines a lot lately. First, he had a song that blew up the country charts called “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. The song showed that the rapper was able to cross over into any genre and make it a success. He then made headlines again when he came out of the closet at the end of Pride month and the world celebrated. Now, Lil Nas X is setting Twitter on fire by suggesting that he and Mariah Carey should do a duet and, well, why not?

Lil Nas X wants to team up with Mariah Carey for a remix and, well, yes, please.

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Lil Nas X is one of the most talked about musicians right now. Everyone has heard “Old Town Road” and the crossover hit is something we are still bopping to. Somehow, the rapper turned country star made Billy Ray Cyrus relevant again for more than being Miley Cyrus’s dad and that is something to admire.

Now he is asking Mariah Carey to join him for a remix and that just seems perfect. The singer is arguably one of the most talented famous musicians on the planet and her fandom is super dedicated. A hit with Carey is basically a way to immortalize yourself in pop culture.

Carey responded with a title mashing up one of her songs with Lil Nas X’s country hit.

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Ummm…who doesn’t want this collab to happen? “One Sweet Day” and “Old Town Road” are two separate hits that we all love. Could you imagine them coming together and spreading their love all over the world?

Billboard shared a list of the longest running top songs and both artists are on the list.

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the power between them to make a certified hit would definitely change the course of music history. If Mariah Carey could hold the top spot with 16 weeks and Lil Nas X can come in with 14 weeks, would a collab be the best hit ever? It might be. Who knows? Maybe Carey and Lil Nas X can team up and show us what they are made of.

Fans are already through around possible titles for the remix.

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LOL. “Whistle Notes Edition” just sounds like a hit. We all know the iconic whistle notes that Carey has sent out in the universe and adding them to bop like “Old Town Road” just makes sense.

People are already stanning a remix that hasn’t even happened.

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Basically, you can get that feeling by listening to the tow artist in the same playlist. We have seen crazier collabs that made so little sense, like Justin Bieber on “Despacito.” Who will ever forget him saying “burrito burrito” during a performance at a bar because he didn’t know the words and somehow that was his best bet?

Btw, Carey is ready to tap back into her country roots.

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She already showed us that she has what it takes when the sang “Almost Home” for the “Oz the Great and the Powerful.” The Venezuelan singer clearly understands what it means to do the country thing and we should all be excited of her doing it again.

Lil Nas X fans can’t wait for a remix with Carey.

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Her star power would definitely fit well with the rapper. He has built a name for himself and having her attached to one of his projects will only make him bigger and better. Stars supporting stars. That’s what this is all about.

People are begging Carey to make this happen.

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We all know that the person who would have to make it happen is her. He is on board and so are his fans. We need just need her people to approve this project and get the ball rolling.

And, despite all of the excitement, it has made some people so excited that they’re confused.

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We don’t know what is going on, but we ship it and approve it. Please make this happen, you two.

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