A recent exchange between Lil Nas X and Kevin Hart exploded some of Black Twitter into an uproar targeted at the comedian last week and is still circling around the internet's conversation.
The "Old Town Road" artist and Hart were recently featured on episode three of LeBron James’ HBO unscripted talk series, The Shop: Uninterrupted. The two were joined by James' right hand man, Maverick Carter, retired Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, CJ McCollum, radio veteran Charlamagne Tha God and Paul River.
A one-minute video teaser for the episode that was posted to social media ahead of the episode’s September 3 premiere incensed the internet after showing a snippet of Nas X and Hart's conversation. In the clip, the aforementioned men entered a conversation with the 20-year-old on his decision to open up to the public about his Black queer status.
Critics of this commentary found it dismissive in light of other homophobic comments he's made in the past.
As the “Old Town Road” rapper was explaining that he felt inspired to come out due to his own personal experience of growing up in an environment where homosexuality was heavily stigmatized, Hart interjected again.
The exchange was cringeworthy for some and enraging for others, who accused Hart of gaslighting Lil Nas, and furthermore, invisibilizing the realities of Black queer men.
Now, Lil Nas is giving his personal take about that on-camera moment. Sitting down with Hoodrich Radio! via TMZ, Lil Nas told hosts DJ Scream and Moran Tha Man that he had no ill feelings towards Hart.
“I mean, [with] a lot of situations like that, I don't try to get into that. I don't try to get into these situations 'cause online I'm just here to be funny and laugh."
He continued explaining that he'd rather not mince words on the controversy, especially given how detrimental misinterpretations can be.
“I'm not trying to put nothin' in. I'm not tryin' to say anything because when you say anything your words get twisted and you have to say something about that, and you have to say something about that. It's just on and on, so I don't even try to get into anything really. But no, I'm not mad at Kevin Hart."
Moran Tha Man then insisted that if Lil Nas isn't upset, then the public shouldn't be upset.
"I'm not saying what anybody should be," the Atlanta-native quickly clarified, stating that he's just trying to have a good time and enjoy his moment in the spotlight.
See what else Lil Nas X had to say about dealing with fame and trolls, going to the same high school as Lil Yachty, and the artists he wants to work with next in the full, 16-minute interview below.
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