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29. Lil Nas X, Big Conservative Backlash

29. Lil Nas X, Big Conservative Backlash

Update: 2021-04-14


"MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" dropped, and our thesis this fine day is that the world will never be the same. 

Without the benefit of hindsight, we examine why this song and video has ushered in such a watershed moment. Then, we go into what the right-wing backlash means (22:43 ), why Lil Nas X is not babysitting in his free time for extra cash, and the surprising thing we have in common with F*x N*ws (31:10 ). To wrap up, we compare this backlash to other conservative vitriol aimed at pop stars in recent history (38:00 ). 


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Links to articles cited today:

The Notes App Note from Lil Nas X

Breaking Down Symbolism In Lil Nas X's "Montero" Music Video (Buzzfeed)

Lil Nas X and the Anti-Pop Conservative Outrage Machine (Vulture)

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29. Lil Nas X, Big Conservative Backlash

29. Lil Nas X, Big Conservative Backlash

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