Watch: Lil Nas X Fires Back After Criticism for Kissing Male Dancer
It looks like some of the internet isn't crazy for Madonna's latest eyebrow-raising comment.
On Sunday, June 27, Lil Nas X took the stage at the 2021 BET Awards to perform his hit "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," which capped off with a steamy kiss between the 22-year-old star and one of his male dancers. The standout performance instantly garnered attention as fans and critics alike weighed in on social media. Madonna has since joined the chat—but it seems some people aren't feeling what she had to say.
Late Tuesday, the "Material Girl" singer posted photos to her Instagram Story comparing Lil Nas X's kiss to her own famous lip-lock with Britney Spears from their 2003 MTV Video Music Awards performance. "#diditfirst," she wrote.
However, the quip has not been taken kindly by social media users, who have criticized the 62-year-old singer for conflating the two scenarios.
"@madonna , posting this bc I saw recently that you follow us (thx for the follow), but white women kissing on a public platform as you did at the 2003 VMAs is hardly as revolutionary as Black queer men doing so," a post from the Instagram account @dietprada partly read. "White cishet people have always been given the space to do whatever they please… including, but not limited to queerbaiting."
Another tweet read, "Stop comparing the lil nas x kiss to the Madonna one, it's not the same audience."
Or, as this user put it, "Madonna – a straight white woman – kissing a woman kissing another white woman does not compare to Lil Nas X – a gay black man – kissing a black man live on the fkn BET Awards."
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But, it seems Lil Nas X is unbothered by all the buzz. "Me and madonna are friends," he tweeted on Wednesday, June 30. "It's just a joke."