Lil Nas X Claps Back at Critics of 'Montero' Video: 'Stay Mad'

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Lil Nas X in the "Montero" music video.

Lil Nas X isn't taking any criticism sitting down. The rapper, who dropped his new single and video "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" on Friday (March 26), is hitting back at critics who don't think his latest visual is appropriate.

In the colorful CGI-laden video, Lil Nas X ventures from the Garden of Eden to ancient Greece before pole-dancing down a stripper pole into hell, where he gives Satan a lap dance before killing Lucifer.

One critic tweeted, "Lil Nas X is praised for dancing on satan. Kanye West is bashed for giving his life to Christ. Welcome to 2021."

Another shared a video of the artist performing his megahit "Old Town Road" in front of an audience of children and wrote of his new video: "The system is targeting kids. Lil Nas X's fanbase is mostly children. They did the same thing with Miley Cyrus after Hannah Montana."

Lil Nas X cleared things up for the second critic, responding: "there was no system involved. I made the decision to create the music video. i am an adult. i am not gonna spend my entire career catering to your children. that is your job."

As the criticisms started rolling in Friday, the artist -- born Montero Lamar Hill -- tweeted at his critics to address the heat he was receiving. "there is a mass shooting every week that our government does nothing to stop," he pointed out to one person. "me sliding down a cgi pole isn't what's destroying society."

"Showed my 3 month old niece the call me by your name video and she said 'uncle that was quite the stupendous visual, why in heavens would any individual be enraged over such a sensational showpiece,'" he wrote sarcastically at one point. "i'm gonna go cry yall."

But he wasn't done venting. "I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s--t y'all preached would happen to me because i was gay," he tweeted March 27. So i hope you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves."

The artist did offer an apology of sorts, but probably not what his detractors were hoping for. "ok i'm gonna admit it. i'm sorry i f---ed up," he tweeted Saturday night. "I should have never taken my t---ies off."

When the 21-year-old released his latest song and video, he also shared a letter he wrote to his 14-year-old self and the mission behind his latest single. "i wrote a song with our name in it. it's about a guy i met last summer," he began his letter, which went on to reveal the promise he made to himself years earlier to never come out, and why he's now breaking his own promise. "This will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist. you see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say i'm pushing an agenda. but the truth is, i am. the agenda to make people stay the f--- out of other people's lives and stop dictating who they should be. sending you love from the future."

See Lil Nas X's tweets below, and watch the video for "Montero."

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