The “Old Town Road” rapper took to social media Friday night (June 5) to defend himself after the conservative television commentator blamed Lil Nas and other celebrities for “fueling” riots around the country by donating to causes that help bail out citizens arrested during protests.
“this man just lied and told millions of people on national television that i was inciting riots. you can’t make this up,” Lil Nas X tweeted alongside a clip of Carlson’s accusatory segment.
During his show on Friday, Carlson featured a scrolling list of celebrity names over footage of violent protesting, suggesting the actors and musicians are “funding this chaos” by giving funds to Black Lives Matter and other organizations that pay to get “violent rioters out of jail.”
Carlson’s list included other artists like Janelle Monae, Kehlani, Harry Styles and Halsey.
“Rapper Lil Nas X urged his 4.7 million Twitter followers to donate to bail groups in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere,” Carlson said. “Imagine if he had used those followers instead to help small businesses destroyed by the riots he helped incite.”
Actor Seth Rogan, who was also called out by Carlson, replied to Lil Nas’ tweet, writing, “F— this pasty asshole.” Halsey in turn responded to Rogan’s reply, tweeting, “Ahh my fellow ‘Domestic terrorists’. F— Fox News.”
Lil Nas X joins a long list of celebrities supporting nationwide protests over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, who was suffocated white Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who was later charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
this man just lied and told millions of people on national television that i was inciting riots. you can’t make this up. https://t.co/RVbs6oPx9w
— MONTERO 🦋 (@LilNasX) June 6, 2020