Lil Nas X has spoken out after the release of his new single Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (Picture: YouTube)
Lil Nas X has addressed accusations his music video for new single Montero (Call Me By Your Name) copied a scene from FKA Twigs’ Cellophane video.
In Montero, the rapper, wearing shorts and knee high PVC boots, is seen sliding down a pole from heaven into hell (before giving Satan a lapdance).
FKA Twigs starts out her 2019 video pole-dancing before also making a spiraling decent into a pit, with shots of her pole-dancing mixed in.
The director of the Cellophane video, Andrew Thomas Huang, shared his thoughts on Twitter, and while he acknowledged ‘sharing aesthetics and paying homage is part of the creative process’ he added that an artist ‘in a position of power’ causes ‘harm by displacing the efforts of the artists who did the original leg work.’
He wrote: ‘I’m a fan of @LilNasX. “Old Town Road” is iconic. Sharing collaborators is common.
‘Seeing the “Cellophane” choreographer collab with Lil Nas X is awesome (love a Satan dance). Sharing aesthetics and paying homage is part of the creative process. Collective consciousness exists.
FKA Twigs spirals from heaven in her video (Picture: YouTube)
‘Images are also expensive to make. Years of work went into the creation of “Cellophane,” from physical training to the emotional labor of unpacking Twigs’ life to construct images told her story of trauma and recovery. “Cellophane” was a confession in the most vulnerable sense.’
The Old Town Road star, 21, has now responded, saying he was ‘not aware’ of the similarities between their videos.
Revealing that FKA Twigs had called him herself, he said on Instagram: ‘I want to show love to @fkatwigs & @andrewthomashuang ! the “cellophane” visual is a masterpiece.
‘I want to say thank u to twigs for calling me and informing me about the similarities between the two videos, as i was not aware they were so close (sic). was only excited for the video to come out.
‘I understand how hard you worked to bring this visual to life. you deserve so much more love and praise. (sic)’
FKA Twigs then posted a picture of Lil Nas on her own Instagram to show they had sorted things out.
She said: ‘Thank you @lilnasx for our gentle honest conversations and for acknowledging the inspiration cellophane gave you and your creative team in creating your iconic video!
‘I think what you have done is amazing and i fully support your expression and bravery in pushing culture forward for the queer community. legend status.
‘I want to thank @andrewthomashuang and @kelyvon for helping me create cellophane but also and most importantly i would like to thank sex workers and strippers for providing the physical language to make both videos possible. (sic)’
The star recently described Montero as a letter to his 14-year-old self about ‘a guy I met last summer’.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be “that” type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist.
‘You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the f*** out of people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.
‘Sending you love from the future.’