Lil Nas X apologized to the trans community after receiving major backlash, following a joke about transitioning.
The Grammy-award-winning artist tweeted a photo of a social media influencer, Glow Princess, with the caption: “The surgery was a success,” as if suggesting that he transitioned.
Those criticizing the post view the image and caption as mocking the trans community. The sentient comes amid a time where the LGBTQ+ community are being targeted with harmful legislation across the country.
Earlier this month, Tennessee politicians outlawed drag performances in the presence of children among other anti-trans legislation in the state. Similar laws are being enacted across several other states in the country.
One Twitter user pointed out to Lil Nas X: “You’re a gay cis male, why are you making transitioning a punchline of a joke?”
The rapper responded: “I’m literally just saying she looks like me, y’all cannot be f**king serious.” And when asked why he included surgery in the joke, he added: “Because she has titties? Are you dense?”
However after some reflection, he deleted the post and issued another statement, saying: “Apologies to the trans community I definitely handled that situation with anger instead of considering why it was not cool. Much love to you guys. Sorry.”
apologies to the trans community i def handled that situation with anger instead of considering why it was not cool. much love to you guys. sorry— pussy (@LilNasX) March 14, 2023
While many were glad to see he took accountability for his actions, he was criticized once again after mocking a Black trans woman who called him out.
“Baby, this apology ain’t it! You need to apologize to the trans community in material ways that include money, sharing your platform to raise awareness… this is fake as hell!” she wrote.
Lil Nax X simply replied: “Girl eat my a**.”
“So once again you’re responding with spite and vitriol instead of engaging with the very valid criticism coming from an actual trans person.And you’re cool with your fans harassing and sending threats to a Black trans woman who named the ways your apology fell short," said another user regarding the singers response.
so once again you’re responding with spite and vitriol instead of engaging with the very valid criticism coming from an actual trans person. AND you’re cool with your fans harassing and sending threats to a Black trans woman who named the ways your apology fell short. okay— lexi (@lexicon91) March 14, 2023
The “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" singer has yet to make another public statement on the matter.
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