Lil Nas X backstage at the 62nd Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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Lil Nas X responds with a shrug to Pastor Troy’s homophobic comments

Don’t count Pastor Troy among the artists with whom Lil Nas X might collaborate.

The veteran Atlanta rapper, 42, used social media to criticize the burgeoning “Old Town Road” star for his hot pink cowboy attire at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Last summer, Lil Nas X announced on World Pride Day that he is gay. 

“Welp, Guess I won’t be winning a GRAMMY...If this what I gotta wear. They love to push this s*** on Our Kids!!,” Pastor Troy wrote on Instagram. 

The link to his full post has since been deleted (screen shot below), but the initial portion also resides on Twitter. In that since-deleted Instagram post, Pastor Troy also expresses pride that his 14-year-old son no longer wanted to go to Applebee’s after seeing “some punks kissing and laughing and eating mozzarella sticks.”

Pastor Troy continued, “He sees it...their agenda to take the masculinity from Men, Black Men Especially. Some may say, “He Making Money!!” Rupaul do too, but I ain’t bumping his CD!!! Integrity is Priceless. Y’all Better open that 3rd Eye and let your Sons Know What Is Real...Or They Ass Gone Be Headed Down That Old Town Road Foreal!!~P.T.”

Atlanta’s Lil Nas X, 20, won two Grammy Awards at Sunday’s ceremony and produced one of the most enjoyable performances of the night as he rolled through sets of doors to sing his record-breaking hit with collaborators including K-pop stars BTS and his best friend in country, Billy Ray Cyrus.

The young rapper had a nonchalant response to Pastor Troy’s criticism. 


 

He’s also parlayed his “Old Town Road” success into a Doritos commercial with actor Sam Elliott that will air on Super Bowl Sunday. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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