Lil Nas X has gained a reputation for being a provocateur (Picture: Columbia Records)
The rapper’s latest backlash concerns single J Christ, which sparked outrage among religious groups as the artwork and music video sees him recreating Jesus on the cross.
The 24-year-old’s art was labelled as ‘shameful’ and ‘blasphemous’ forcing him to defend his creative choice, explaining that he was ‘not mocking’ Christians and Catholics.
However, Lil Nas X has won over the Church of Satan, who endorsed the music video which features the musician as various religious figures, including Noah guiding his ark through rough waters.
Commenting on the two-and-a-half minute clip’s imagery, Church of Satan’s magister David Harris told TMZ he gave the video a thumbs up and praised it as ‘fantastic.’
It comes after Lil Nas X took to X to share a statement after criticism over J Christ’s artwork, including a picture of himself nailed to the cross as Jesus.
Lil Nas X’s video and artwork angered religious groups and conservatives (Picture: Columbia Records)
‘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.’
In November, Lil Nas X also teased an acoustic song on X, writing: ‘Y’all mind if I enter my Christian era?’
The Church of Satan, however, gave the single a big thumbs up (Picture: Columbia Records)
Lil Nas X previously defended his creative decision on X (Picture: Columbia Records)
He said he wasn’t mocking religion or Christianity (Picture: Columbia Records)
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’.
Well known for referencing religion in his work, the Industry Baby rapper has faced intense backlash several times over the years.
One of the most notable instances was in 2021 when he released 666 pairs of limited edition ‘Satan Shoes’, which contained a drop of real human blood to celebrate the release of his album Montero.
Lil Nas X also created Satan Shoes which contained real blood (Picture: APS-Medias/ABACA/Shutterstock)
While the shoes line didn’t go down well with conservatives and religious figures, they once again earned praise from the Church of Satan who who asked him to ‘hook us up with a pair’.
The collection was also a hit among his fans, with Lil Nas X writing 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!’
Lil Nas X previously defended using religious references in his work, shutting down claims they were a ‘gimmick’.
Instead, the Panini performer 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 X.
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