Entertainment Magazine Volume 70, Issue 8

The Controversy of Montero

By Kyle To

Lil Nas X recently released the first single for his upcoming album and has become the most controversial pop star in recent memory. The song is “Montero” or “Call Me by Your Name,” inspired by the film of the same name. As of now it has been #1 on the Billboard Global 200 Chart for two weeks. The song features lyrics about Lil Nas X’s relationship with someone that he promised to keep a secret, lyrics like: “Call me by your name, I’ll be on the way.” He said, “I wrote a song with our name in it. it’s about a guy I met last summer…I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist.” Although the song’s content is controversial to few, the music video is another story.

The video depicts the devil and angels. It has imagery comparable to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video. Some people found it offensive and dark. Las Lomas 10th grader Anna Yu said, “I don’t get why people are mad, he literally killed the devil in the video.” Some people believe the video encourages “Satanism,” while others believe it isn’t offensive and is just how Lil Nas X expresses himself. 

He addressed the controversy toward the music video and said, “I’ll be honest, all this backlash is putting an emotional toll on me. I try to cover it with humor but it’s getting hard. My anxiety is higher than ever and stream ‘Call Me by Your Name’ on all platforms now!” Lil Nas X has used Twitter as an outlet to share memes about his song and make jokes about the people criticizing him. Many right wing politicians had something to say. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted a Bible quote, “What good would it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”, in response to Lil Nas X’s tweet, “ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job!”

In the end, Lil Nas X has used all this controversy to build hype and gain streams for the song. He got Fox News to report on it, Candace Owens to give her opinion, along with most of the Internet. The result of this shows on the Billboard charts, as it has been trending for 2 weeks, and will possibly continue to.