I'm kind of late to the party, but I just wanted to get my thoughts on the gay rapper little Nas X out.
By now, you probably already know about his song "Montero." Especially if you have a TikTok account. In the music video below, little Nas X makes several references to Christianity, including an infamous scene where he goes down to Hell on a stripper pole and gives Satan a lap dance. There's other (homo)sexual acts and lyrics in the video too, so my apologies to any Christians who are reading this.
And he did this to promote his custom Nike "Satan Shoes"(See below). These shoes allegedly contain a drop of human blood, and definitely have the numbers 666, as well as "LUKE 10:18" written on them and a reverse pentagram.
Now, I'm gonna be honest. I don't really care about little Nas X that much. Apart from his older song "Old Town Road", I don't pay attention to him. I'm not a fan, nor am I a hater. I also don't care that he's gay. I've been supportive of the LGBT community. Nonetheless, this Mytake is a criticism of his "devil worship."
I'm not calling him out for making the Satan Shoes , or that sexually explicit and controversial video. My problem is that he did BOTH of those things...after he marketed himself towards children! He made a children's book based on his older song "Old Town Road" (see below), and that he has interacted with kids who listened to it multiple times. He even sung it at an elementary school!
Again, the "Montero" music video is famous mostly for the "stripper pole to Hell" and "Satan gets a lap dance" scenes. If people didn't know he was gay before, they definitely do NOW.
So what am I saying? I'm saying that a gay rapper making sexually explicit and occult content, after making small children a big chunk of his audience was a TERRIBLE choice on his part! He really fucked up. And here's why.
Sexual music and children should NOT mix. Little kids should not be seeing that video, but because he marketed himself towards them in the past, they're more than likely going to! And when they do, their parents are gonna be HELLA PISSED, and rightly so! Kids do not need to hear about homosexuality, or heterosexuality. And they DAMN SURE don't need to know about lap dances!
There are a handful of conservatives saying that if we accept gay marriage, it's gonna lead to a slippery slope where shit like incest and bestiality will also be accepted by society. These extreme right-wingers also say that ALL liberals have a "gay agenda" meant to make little kids LGBT and gender-confused. I'm a liberal, and I am NOT for that bullshit. The following video from American Dad (albeit somewhat satirically) exemplify how these hardcore conservatives feel about gay marriage and LGBT folk.
Now again, little Nas X is gay, and he made an NSFW video and Satan Shoes. Doing that after marketing himself towards children makes LGBT people look bad, in my personal opinion. It validates the beliefs those right-wingers have about gay acceptance and marriage leading to a slippery slope.
And it's not like they didn't have ammo to begin with! Some people take their damn kids to gay pride parades, where some of the people there are very sexual. I disagree with that because again, kids don't need to know about sexuality. LET KIDS BE KIDS, and wait until they are older to have that conversation.
Obviously, not all LGBT people are perverts who lack social awareness. I'm gonna go as far as to say most of them are normal folk. But because of little Nas X's recent actions and his youngest fans, some people are not gonna realize that. If he made those shoes and that music video, but his fans were only teenagers and adults, there wouldn't be a problem. That's what I think.
To anyone who makes content for a living, I'm not saying you should not make sexual or religious/pagan content. I'm saying that if you do that, or content of any kind, know your audience. Market yourself well, and make sure your content is appropriate for your audience.