Lil Nas X issues an apology regarding the ‘J Christ’ controversy.
Reflecting on his controversial song and music video “J CHRIST,” Lil Nas X apologizes in response to the backlash.
“I know I messed up really bad this time. I can act unbothered all I want, but it’s definitely taken a mental toll on me,” the singer said in a video he shared on social media on Jan. 15. “I’m not some evil demon guy trying to destroy everybody’s values and stuff like that. That’s not me.”
Lil Nas X clarified that he anticipated criticism for his artwork but emphasized that his intention wasn’t to mock religion or people’s beliefs.
“When I did the artwork, I knew there would be some upset people simply because religion is a very sensitive topic for a lot of people. But I also didn’t mean to mock — this wasn’t a f— you to the Christians. It was literally me saying I’m back like Jesus,” he said.
Before launching J CHRIST, Lil Nas X playfully claimed he would release gospel music and announced acceptance to Christian college: Liberty University, a statement the university later refuted. Additionally, he received criticism for mocking the act of taking communion.
“I know given my history with the [Montero (Call Me by Your Name)] video, anything that I do related to religion can be seen as mockery,” he explained. “That just was not the case with this. I will say, though, with the communion video, with me eating the crackers and juice, I thought that video was going to lighten the mood to take it down less serious. I thought that was something we all wanted to do as kids, but I didn’t understand the idea of the reality of what it is.”
He continued, “I didn’t mean it as a cannibalism thing, or whatever the freak. But I do apologize for that. That was overboard. Though I don’t agree with all of Christianity’s rules, I know not everybody follows Christianity by the book 100% or the world would be a lot crazier.”
And his closing statement, he addressed his Christian fans saying, “I know this isn’t going to be an immediate swift, everybody moves forward. But I do want my Christian fans to know that I am not against you. I was put on this earth to bring people closer together and promote love. That’s who I am.”
In the past, Boosie Badazz expressed disapproval of Lil Nas X’s sexuality later responded to the video saying: “He lying he know what he doing. I bet he wouldn’t do this to Jews. He’s going to Hell.”
Watch ‘J Christ’ video below.