The next scene cuts to Lil Nas X ascending toward a flying figure who could be interpreted as God or an angel. But suddenly, a pole rises from the ground, and his entire look changes as he grasps it. Now, descending into hell while dancing on the pole, his body becomes covered in tattoos, and he only wears Calvin Klein boxers. His hot-pink and red hair is cornrowed into four braids that hang toward his butt. Several baby hairs are swooped, looped, and locked into place on his forehead. His face is seemingly bare, but his black nails complete the more sinister look.
For the grand finale, he gives Satan a sensual lap dance, before killing him by snapping his neck and taking the braided crown for himself to become the ruler of hell. His eyes glow and black wings spring from his back as the video ends.
To put it simply, Lil Nas X did what the fuck he had to do. Right after releasing the new video, he shared a love letter to his 14-year-old self. He writes about the promises he had made then to never come out publicly and keep his homosexuality a secret. But that time is over now, he declares.
“People will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am,” the letter reads. “The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.” Couldn’t have put it better myself. Job well done, Montero.
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