Half the world may have been watching Eurovision last night, but a memorable musical moment happened near home. During her guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, Lil Nas X took to the stage to perform her song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – and ended up getting injured almost to expose herself. even on national television when his pants were opened in his crotch during a cane dance interlude.
It happened towards the end of what was already a risky performance; dressed in a black leather suit showing ripped abs, the singer was surrounded by an equally sparse cohort of male dancers, one of whom licked his face and neck at one point in the number.
The whole three-minute sequence was perhaps one of the most homoerotic things that has ever happened on the SNL stage (a place where intimacy between men is played almost exclusively for laughter), and that was the point. Lil Nas X has confirmed that he was making a statement with ‘Montero’ and his provocative music video; by bringing strange and blatant art into the world, he wanted to deny the homophobia and religious discrimination he experienced when he was younger and closet. Although he probably couldn’t imagine ripping his pants off at the seams while he was doing it.
“NO MY TROUSERS RIP LIVE ON TV,” he tweeted afterwards, followed by, “I wanted to make my pole routine so bad that this is what I have lmaoo.”
His musical appearance on SNL also included the live debut of his new single “Sun Goes Down”, which takes a less playful and emotional approach to similar tracks, and includes lyrics where Lil Nas X sings about his younger self. For this song, she wore a completely white Mowalola dress (which stayed exactly where it was supposed to).
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