'Old Town Road' rapper Lil Nas X faces down homophobic comments after coming out

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    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Lil Nas X is laughing off homophobic comments after the viral&nbsp;"Old Town Road" rapper came out&nbsp;as gay because …&nbsp;Can’t nobody tell me nothing.” data-reactid=”10″>Lil Nas X is laughing off homophobic comments after the viral “Old Town Road” rapper came out as gay because … Can’t nobody tell me nothing.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Atlanta&nbsp;musician, 20,&nbsp;closed out Pride Month by revealing&nbsp;his sexual orientation through song lyrics. He tweeted Monday, "just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight."” data-reactid=”11″>The Atlanta musician, 20, closed out Pride Month by revealing his sexual orientation through song lyrics. He tweeted Monday, “just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight.”

    While many fans and artists embraced Lil Nas X for publicly embracing his authentic self, others turned his announcement into a cruel punchline with nasty comments.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Some trolls suggested that the chorus to his hit&nbsp;viral&nbsp;country-rap hit was alluding to his sexual preference,&nbsp;leading Lil Nas X to tweet: "old town road is literally about horses."” data-reactid=”13″>Some trolls suggested that the chorus to his hit viral country-rap hit was alluding to his sexual preference, leading Lil Nas X to tweet: “old town road is literally about horses.”

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="‘Thought i made it obvious’: ‘Old Town Road’ rapper Lil Nas X comes out as gay” data-reactid=”14″>‘Thought i made it obvious’: ‘Old Town Road’ rapper Lil Nas X comes out as gay

    Lil Nas X arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles.Lil Nas X arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles.
    Lil Nas X arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles.

    The homophobic comments didn’t stop there. 

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="On an Instagram post meant to celebrate his song’s historic run on the Billboard charts, Lil Nas X received comments bashing his identity, ranging from "Can you not be gay" to "He’s gay I’m no longer listening to this (expletive)" to "U still gay tho."” data-reactid=”27″>On an Instagram post meant to celebrate his song’s historic run on the Billboard charts, Lil Nas X received comments bashing his identity, ranging from “Can you not be gay” to “He’s gay I’m no longer listening to this (expletive)” to “U still gay tho.”

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The rapper made light of the remarks. "Just got news that i’m gay and i will no longer be streaming my music. i’m sorry that (expletive) is just not ok," he sarcastically tweeted Tuesday.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”28″>The rapper made light of the remarks. “Just got news that i’m gay and i will no longer be streaming my music. i’m sorry that (expletive) is just not ok,” he sarcastically tweeted Tuesday. 

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="But, it appears the harassment started to weigh on Lil Nas X.&nbsp;He shared an Instagram picture&nbsp;of a gun-wielding sad face emoji in a cowboy hat Tuesday. He wrote, "say one more (homophobic) thing to me."” data-reactid=”29″>But, it appears the harassment started to weigh on Lil Nas X. He shared an Instagram picture of a gun-wielding sad face emoji in a cowboy hat Tuesday. He wrote, “say one more (homophobic) thing to me.”

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    Despite the trolls, many supporters rallied around him. 

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""Focus on all the good in your life. Don’t allow these fools get to you. It’s a lot of us out here proud of who and what you represent," commented Dwyane Wade, who supported his son at Miami Pride earlier this year.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”33″>”Focus on all the good in your life. Don’t allow these fools get to you. It’s a lot of us out here proud of who and what you represent,” commented Dwyane Wade, who supported his son at Miami Pride earlier this year. 

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Diplo, who called Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus'&nbsp;remix&nbsp;the "biggest song in the world," added: "We love you tho."” data-reactid=”34″>Diplo, who called Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ remix the “biggest song in the world,” added: “We love you tho.”

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""Old Town Road" has dominated Billboard's Hot 100 charts for 13 weeks, becoming&nbsp;the longest running Hot 100 No.&nbsp;1 hip-hop single of all time, according to&nbsp;Chart Data.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”35″>”Old Town Road” has dominated Billboard’s Hot 100 charts for 13 weeks, becoming the longest running Hot 100 No. 1 hip-hop single of all time, according to Chart Data. 

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    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Old Town Road’ rapper Lil Nas X faces down homophobic comments after coming out” data-reactid=”37″>This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Old Town Road’ rapper Lil Nas X faces down homophobic comments after coming out