How are conservatives more flustered by Lil Nas X than Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’?

‘Montero’ music video somehow out-evilled 6 seasons of a show about the devil

Shamontiel L. Vaughn
Apr 1 · 5 min read
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Menage a trois. Devil worshipping. Men kissing and having sex with other men. Women kissing and having sex with women. Knife throwing. Bounty hunting. Promiscuity. Killing. Strippers. Prostitutes. Cain and Abel. Repeated insults about God and religion. Even step-by-step instructions for how minors can sell drugs.

No, I’m not describing Lil Nas X’s video “Montero.” This is all I’ve seen in the first three seasons of Netflix’s “Lucifer” starring Tom Ellis, D.B. Woodside, Lauren German and Lesley-Ann Brandt. The general summary of the series (going into its sixth season) is about how the Devil came to Earth, defying his father’s (yeah, that father) order to return to hell, and joins the police force as a consultant. He gives horrendous advice, is the worst role model ever, attacks people for fun, is completely entertained by violence, brags about his gaydar and inviting in a police station full of his past sex partners, and lives in a bar.

His best friend Mazikeen is a bounty hunter and a demon, who he brings in when need be and is one of the most problematic babysitters you’ll ever run into. Although his brother and angel Amenadiel is supposed to be a good guy, he’s had a chlamydia scare after smashing a prostitute. And even the psychologist, along with a host of other women, just cannot control opening their legs around either of the brothers.

I have yet to get to Seasons 4, 5 or 6, but binge-watching this show as of last week and hearing about the uproar with Lil Nas X at the same time has me going, “You’ve got to be kidding me. This is a joke, right?”

Go to Fox News, and the only stories that can be found about Lucifer Morningstar and the rest of his devilish clan of (sometimes) crooked cops on the Netflix show are about the show being canceled and then renewed. That’s it. There are no think pieces on killers or promiscuity or gay sex — and my favorite, “What about the kiiiiiiids?” The same social media accounts from conservative “journalists” and influencers are stone-cold silent about this show.

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But a black man has the audacity to put on knee-high boots, grind on a pole and make out with himself as the devil, and now we want to talk about devil worshipping and the scary influence it will have on kids to see a member of the LGBTQ+ community in a catchy music video? Meanwhile in Season 2, Episode 11 of “Lucifer,” a man is talking about how Lucifer had sex with him, and used Vaseline and a car battery. This sex technique even has a name: “Gentlemen, start your engine.”

But I’m supposed to be upset about a man making himself the bud of flowers and crooning, “Call me in the morning. I’ll be on the way”? There’s not even a male love entrance in the video. Lil Nas X is kissing and licking himself while real-life actor Tom Ellis is kissing Thomas Joseph Welling — as in the Devil married and kissed Cain, the first-born son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother, Abel.

Some music snobs of the show probably chuckle about Lucifer Morningstar being vocal about how much he hates hip-hop music and Justin Bieber and thinks K-Pop is a drug. But he’s also clowned the hell out of gang members who cry and aren’t violent enough , and is forever trying to sing catchy night club tunes — so there’s that.

So what exactly is the big deal about this 3 minute and 9 second video of “Montero” versus this Netflix show? Conservatives, before you argue about how Netflix’s “Lucifer” is a fictional account, keep in mind this show throws out Bible lessons like flower girls throw petals. And as a child of the ’80s who grew up when rock n’ roll transitioned from the type of song you’d hear from duck-walking Chuck Berry to the screaming sensation that was AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the rest, both rap and hip-hop are loud, rebellious and braggadocious.

The song or the lyrics for “Montero” weren’t an issue when Lil Nas X was singing along bare-chested in his car in July of last year. And although “Old Town Road” was removed from country charts because the song was “not embracing enough elements of today’s country music in its current version,” Blake Shelton’s rap “Boys Round Here” spent 31 weeks on the “Hot Country Songs” charts:

Ain’t a damn one know how to do the dougie
(You don’t do the dougie?) No, not in Kentucky
But these girls ‘round here yep, they still love me

Sounds like rap to me! Then there’s an entire genre of devil-worshipping rock music, including two songs I blasted hard as hell during my teenage years: Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” and “The Dope Show.” And Marilyn Manson wasn’t the only one who was a little bit on the dark side. There’s also this Spotify playlist “666 Satanic songs about Satan.” Let’s not forget about how The Rolling Stones sang “Every cop is a criminal” in their hit single “Sympathy for the Devil.” You may hate rap, but rock n’ roll was no angel either.

With all of these other examples of the devil being looked at as entertaining, charming and instigating singalongs, forgive me for my sins. But I’m going to blast “Montero” and watch all this black boy joy to irritate conservatives even more. For the LGBTQ+ community to be told they’re going to Hell for loving who they love anyway, I applaud Lil Nas X for profiting off of busybodies. Clutch your pearls, and get ready for the song to succeed. About the only crew who has a right to be mad is Nike. And even if you won’t admit it, the Satan shoes are kinda dope, too.

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Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Written by

Check out her six Medium pubs: BlackTechLogy, Doggone World, Homegrown, I Do See Color, Tickled and We Need to Talk. Visit Shamontiel.com to read about her.

I Do See Color

We are not ashamed of our melanin, and we know you “see” it. Just don’t discriminate and disrespect us because of it.

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