Lil Nas

Lil Nas has released a provocative music video for his song "Call Me By Your Name" in the hope that younger queer people can reappropriate their own identities and individualities.


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The music video begins in a Eden-like background with the following V.O:

"We hide the parts of ourselves we don't want the world to see. We lock them away, we tell them 'no', we banish them but here: we don't. Welcome to Montero."

Nas then encounters a serpentine-humanoid figure and is completely tempted. The two share a kiss and become one. Nas is playing Adam and the snake simultaneously.

Lil Nas

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Right afterwards, Plato's Symposium can be spotted in the tree of life and it's followed by a change of scenery. Lil Nas appears to be in a Colosseum for his execution, surrounded by versions of himself that judge him, contrasting the blue color with the pink one.

The crowd of people cheering against him can also be seen as the execution is made. Lil Nas then travels into heaven, as an angel can be spotted flying above him. But Lil Nas goes down below instead, choosing to use his sensuality to seduce the devil in hell and take away his power.

Lil Nas

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And Lil Nas finally makes it -- he destroys the prejudice and hate that has suffocated queer's life, inviting to embrace our true identities.

Several celebrities have addressed the music video, like Miley Cyrus, Aquaria etc. Here are some of their tweets.

And the Human Rights Campaign also acknowledged Lil Nas's open letter to his younger self, to whom he dedicates the song. Although critics have arrived for the artist's choice, no one can deny that Lil Nas has made an incredibly bold move.

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