Lil Nas X has shut down claims he is ‘making fun of Jesus’ in his new single artwork (Picture: Getty)
It sees him lying outstretched on a cross, with the photo captioned: ‘My new single is dedicated to the man who had the greatest comeback of all time!”
In the picture, the musician can be seen lying naked – only covered by lime green fabric – on a cross that’s being lifted by five other people in the middle of a valley.
While many threw their support behind the artwork, others said it didn’t sit well with them, with some going so far as to call it ‘shameful’ and ‘blasphemous’.
However soon after Lil Nas X shared a statement on X challenging those who said the image was inappropriate.
This image lead some to accuse the performer of ‘blasphemy’ (Picture: Lil Nas X)
‘The crazy thing is nowhere in the picture is a mockery of Jesus,’ he began.
‘Jesus’s image is used throughout history in people’s art all over the world.
‘I’m not making fun of s***. Y’all just gotta stop trying to gatekeep a religion that was here before any of us were even born. Stfu.’
The single will be released on January 12 at midnight.
Back in November he also teased an acoustic song on X, writing: ‘Y’all mind if I enter my Christian era?’
An accompanied clip saw him dancing on a deserted street and wearing a shirt that read ‘If God doesn’t exist then who’s laughing at u’.
The single J Christ will be released later this week (Picture: Reynaud Julien/APS-Medias/ ABACA/ Shutterstock)
Well known for referencing religion in his work, the rapper has faced intense backlash several times over the years.
One of the most notable instances was in 2021 when, to celebrate the release of his album Montero, he released 666 pairs of limited edition ‘Satan Shoes’, which contained a drop of real human blood.
The sneakers, made from Nike Air Max 97s, sparked backlash from conservatives and religious figures.
However after they proved extremely popular with his fans, Lil Nas X wrote this on social media: ‘Y’all talked so much s*** about these shoes just for them to sell out in literally less than one minute.’
‘Lmao y’all going out SAD!’
He previously came under fire for the release of ‘Satan Shoes’ back in 2021 (Picture: MSCHF)
The footwear was however supported by the Church of Satan, who asked him to ‘hook us up with a pair’.
He previously defended using religious references in his work, shutting down claims they were a ‘gimmick’.
Instead, Lil Nas X said he was ‘just an artist expressing myself in different ways’.
‘Whether I’m a cowboy, gay, satanic, or now Christian y’all find a problem! Y’all don’t police nobody else art like mine. Y’all hate me because I’m fun cute and petite,’ he posted on Twitter.
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