Lil Nas X Dissed BET In New Song – BET Responds But Their Response Is Flawed

Lil Nas X dissed BET in a new song he teased on Tuesday, June 7th because he was not nominated for any BET Awards this year. Lil Nas X posted a snippet of a new song, “Late To Da Party”, where he starts off by singing Fuck BET on Twitter (it’s pinned at the top) and Instagram.

 

 

Fans and Lil Nas X Weigh In On Social Media 

After the Lil Nas X released the song snippet, fans went to Lil Nas X’s social media to weigh in on the song and BET snub. Lil Nas X responded to a few of the tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BET Responds

BET has responded to Lil Nas X’s criticism after he was not nominated for any awards this year:

“We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for a Best New Artist BET Award in 2020, and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity on the show twice: he performed ‘Old Town Road’ with Billy Ray Cyrus at ‘BET Awards’ 2019 and his ‘BET Awards’ 2021 performance was a highlight of our show. No one cheered louder that night than BET.

Unfortunately, this year, he was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of an esteemed group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers, and creative arts. No one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy.

At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community. We are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion for all of the many intersections of the Black community.”

The Problem With BET’s Statement 

It’s interesting that BET stated that they are “committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion for all of the many intersections of the Black community” because it’s not fully true.

BET hasn’t done much to acknowledge Black transwomen or the fact that they are killed by Black cishet men. Imara Jones wrote an article in The Grio about how BET pulled her “stop killing us” commercial that highlighted the epidemic murders of Black trans women by cishet during last year’s BET Award show.

 

Jones mentioned that Pose and American Horror Story actress, Angelica Ross, called BET out for their lack of positive trans representation at the network and the choice to not invite trans actors to its awards.

The article also points out that in 2013 B. Scott, who is a Black, gender non-conforming television personality, was suddenly rushed from the 106th and Park Pre-Show for the BET Awards by BET staff for wearing clothes deemed to be too feminine.

So, Lil Nas X’s response to being snubbed makes sense because BET seems to have a pattern with the types of visibility it gives to Black transwomen and Black queer feminine presenting men.

Do you care that Lil Nas X dissed BET in his new song? Do you think the song is a bop? Do you stand by BET’s response? Comment below.


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