The rapper Lil Nas, who infamously pole danced to Hell in his music video for his song “Montero,” was humiliated by the evangelical Christian institution Liberty University, which was quick to invalidate a letter he shared alleging that he had been accepted to their school.
Liberty University Denies Accepting Lil Nas
It all started on Tuesday, when Lil Nas took to social media to share a letter claiming that he’d been accepted to Liberty University while promoting his new single “J Christ.”
“I know twitter hates me right now but i want yall to know im literally about to go to college for biblical studies in the fall. Not everything is a troll! Anyways IM A STUDENT AGAIN! LETS GOOO,” he wrote alongside the alleged letter.
Liberty University, however, was not having any of it, as the school quickly issued a statement saying that Lil Nas had not in fact been accepted.
“We can confirm that Liberty University did not issue the Montero Hill ‘acceptance letter’ posted yesterday to social media, and we have no record of Montero Hill applying to the university,” the school told Billboard.
“Liberty University exists to glorify God by equipping men and women in higher education in fidelity to the Christian faith expressed through the Holy Scriptures,” the statement continued. “We continue to pray for America and for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed across this land. We welcome all to apply and join us at Liberty University.”
J Christ Music Video
This comes after the music video for Lil Nas’ new song “J Christ” dropped early this morning, and it opened with a series of callbacks to his hellish video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” including the infamous pole to hell and a demonic Lil Nas X stirring a cauldron of arms and legs.
Lil Nas, who directed the music video, can then be seen flying back up to Heaven, where he reunites with the Devil and plays a game of one-on-one basketball against him. The rest of the video shows Biblical vignettes like Jesus’ crucifixion, Nabal shearing David’s sheep, and Moses parting the Red Sea. It ends with Lil Nas turning into Noah and shepherding the denizens of Earth onto a large ark to survive this flooding world.
“Back up out the gravesite/ B—h, I’m back like J Christ,” Lil Has declares in the song. “I’m finna get the gays hype/ I’m finna take it yay high.”
The video ends with the screen saying “Day Zero” of “a new beginning,” sharing a quote from 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Lil Nas Defends Himself
Before the song came out, Lil Nas was widely slammed for using Biblical imagery to promote his music.
“The crazy thing is nowhere in the picture is a mockery of Jesus,” he recently said to defend himself, according to Variety. “Jesus’s image is used throughout history in people’s art all over the world.”
“I’m not making fun of s***,” he added. “yall just gotta stop trying to gatekeep a religion that was here before any of us were even born. stfu.”
In the end, we’re glad that Liberty University has distanced itself from Lil Nas, as he clearly does not belong at any kind of Christian institution. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments section.
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An Ivy leaguer, proud conservative millennial, history lover, writer, and lifelong New Englander, James specializes in the intersection of culture and politics.
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