Lil Nas X calls out "the biggest problem of homophobia in the black community" after ignoring BET

Lil Nas X calls out “the biggest problem of homophobia in the black community” after ignoring BET

After a now-deleted rant on Twitter last week, Lil Nas X continues to crush homophobia within the black community after receiving no nominations at this year’s upcoming BET Awards, which specifically celebrate Black’s excellence across the entertainment industry.

On Tuesday, rapper “Montero” and an eccentric artist Publicly called off the networkwhich stands for Black Entertainment Television, in an unreleased track “Late To The Party”.

“F**k BET! F**k BET! F**k BET!” Lil Nas lip synced in the minute clip as he repeatedly raised his middle fingers. The video, which garnered nearly two million views on Twitter, prompted its attack on the network and its supposed bias against artists of color.

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Lil Nas’ sermon began on social media last week, when the artist spoke about BET in a deleted post saying, “Thank you for the awards. Zero nominations, great again,” along with the brief caption, “Black Excellence!” On Deadline, he expressed similar sentiments in a later post that stated, “Black gays have to fight to be seen in this world. Even when we reach the top, MFS tries to pretend we are invisible.”

So far, Lil Nas has received only one nomination for BET, which returned in 2020 for Best New Artist. He has not received any nominations since then.

Many fans and followers have questioned the recent behavior of the rapper, noting that he has received more prestigious awards in the past, including two Grammy Awards for his 2020 hit song “Old Town Road”. In a series of quoted tweets, Nas reiterated that for him, it’s not about the awards but more about increasing gay and marginal acting and being visible on the music scene.

“[T]Not finished, no BET award,” Wrote in a separate tweet Posted on Tuesday. “[T]It’s about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community, you can all sit back and pretend whatever you want but Emma is risking everything for us.”

In another tweetLil Nass wrote in response to his disapproval of BET, “That’s my point exactly how I can get recognized by the world’s most prestigious award and then not even just one nomination from my people? Isn’t that crazy? Am I really stumbling”

Lil Nas also noted that fellow rapper Jack Harlow, with whom he collaborated on their hit single “Industry Baby,” recently earned a BET nomination for Best Hip Hop Artist. To be clear, Harlow, who only appeared on the track, is also a white artist.

“The funny thing is, ‘Industry Baby’ was the biggest song Jack and I released last year in the eligibility period but only one of us got a nomination,” clear night people.


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On Wednesday, BET responded to Lil Nas’ allegations in a statement to Deadline:

We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for BET’s Best New Artist in 2020, and we have proudly demonstrated his incredible talent and creativity on the show twice: He performed “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus at “BET Awards” 2019 and his performance at “BET Awards” 2021 is a highlight of our show. No one cheered louder that night than BET.

Unfortunately, this year, it was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which consists of a respected group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, PR, influencers, and the creative arts. Nobody from BET is a member of the Voting Academy.

At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community. We are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion at all of the many intersections of the Black community.

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