Avoiding a feud between Madonna
and Lil Nas X
during Pride Month
, no less, feels like a win for all of us.
But the Queen of Pop had us worried for a while after she sparked outrage by interfering with the singer's big night at the BET Awards
During an unabashedly horny performance of his smash hit "Call Me By Your Name" over the weekend, Lil Nas X shared a passionate lip-lock with one of his backup dancers, sparking a flurry of discussion.
Perhaps Madonna felt compelled to dig into her personal archives while curating material for her upcoming biopic to remind everyone that she, too, irritated people
with a much-discussed kiss.
After the show, the pop icon shared a photo of her spit swap with Britney Spears
at the 2003 VMAs (no, Christina Aguilera wasn't there, either) and Lil Nas X's onstage make out.
Madonna responds to Lil Nas X's #BETAwards kiss: "#DidItFirst" pic.twitter.com/21thPlirCs — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 30, 2021
Madonna captioned the side-by-side photos
with "#DidItFirst," leading some to believe she was criticizing the singer for stealing her work
quickly chastised the Material Girl for putting herself in the spotlight during a moment of Black
queer expression, questioning why she felt the need to comment on the historic event in the first place.
“Not Madonna thinking she did something with this comment,” one user wrote, “you had your moment, now let a queer black man have his moment!!!”
“The woman who stole/whitewashed a big element of Black queer culture, made a ton of money
off of it with Vogue
, and has been heavily criticized for it, is flexing on a 22-year-old emerging Black queer artist to be recognized for a same sex
kiss when she is STRAIGHT?” another person added.
Not Madonna thinking she accomplished something with this remark... you had your moment, now let a queer black man have his!!! https://t.co/QTahm8JQPa
— Luis Nava (@Pinosaur13) June 30, 2021
The woman who literally stole/whitewashed a big part of Black queer culture, made a ton of money off of it with Vogue, and has been heavily chastised for it, is flexing on a 22-year-old emerging Black queer artist to be recognized for a same sex kiss when she is STRAIGHT?! pic.twitter.com/SBnTq35Mm5 — maybe: Phillip (@MajorPhilebrity)
Following Madonna's post about Lil Nas X's BET Awards performance pic.twitter.com/jVXdH5yWCG — A (@AndyDO_) June 30, 2021
Madonna witnesses homosexual Lil Nas X kissing another man on stage pic.twitter.com/maU80Biz5u — Alec Jay Melger (@AlecJayM) June 30, 2021
Others, meanwhile, criticized Madonna for dragging Spears into the controversy, particularly in light of her silence following the "Glory" singer's heartbreaking conservatorship
testimony last week.
Madonna can post a video of herself kissing Britney, but she can't free Britney — alex (@CRUNKWBRlTNEY) June 30, 2021
Madonna drags Britney into things to drag her but she can't say #FreeBritney? pic.twitter.com/xUucAxH1W4 — Fan Account (@breatheonmiley) June 30, 2021
Shell bring Britney up to overshadow a queer poc artist, but she didn't bring Britney up for her court hearing
last week pic.twitter.com/GJ0fPzH9da — Ma-mood (@Masc4FemFatale) June 30, 2021
And, while Madonna's bizarre Instagram activity will undoubtedly continue to perplex everyone, Lil Nas X doesn't appear to be in any way pressed.
On Twitter on Wednesday, the 22-year-old singer clarified that there are no hard feelings, writing, "me and madonna are friends
. it's just a joke."
— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2021
The two have a history
, with Lil Nas X attending her Madame X tour stop in Los Angeles
Madonna sat down with the singer to impart some elder pop star wisdom in a video taken from the concert, and after singing a few bars of his hit song "Old Town Road," she naturally invited Lil Nas X to her upstate horse farm to teach him "how to ride."