Lil Nas X Responded After A Rapper Called Him An Anti-Gay Slur Over His Nicki Minaj Halloween Costume

    "It's november 2nd and grown men are waking up to have group discussions about a costume I wore on halloween."

    We may not have been able to celebrate this Halloween as we usually would, but that definitely didn't stop celebs from showing off their costumes — and among them was "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X.

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    I think it's safe to say Lil Nas nailed his recreation of Nicki Minaj's look from the "Super Bass" music video.

    Genuinely, iconic.

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    However, not everyone was impressed by Lil Nas's costume, including rapper Dave East, who reposted a photo to his Instagram story, using an anti-gay slur.

    Your obsession you have with the lgbtq community is getting weird. Do you have anything to share with the class? @DaveEast

    "Your obsession you have with the LGBTQ community is getting weird," one person wrote on Twitter, alongside screenshots of Dave East's Instagram story.

    The tweet didn't escape the attention of Lil Nas X himself, who corrected Dave's spelling of the slur in a now-deleted quote tweet.

    "Can't even be homophobic in the proper way smh," he wrote, according to Complex. "Butchering the hell out of the patois."

    "Bro I don't bother a soul in this industry," he added in a separate tweet. "All I do is tweet and make bangers. Leave me alone damn."

    "It's november 2nd and grown men are waking up to have group discussions about a costume i wore on halloween," he tweeted later in the day.

    it’s november 2nd and grown men are waking up to have group discussions about a costume i wore on halloween.

    He finished up, in classic Lil Nas X style, by posting a meme in response to those who said he was trying to "emasculate" Black men and "ruin the minds of little kids while destroying the nuclear family."

    Lil Nas's costume this year is significant because he was long rumoured to have been the brains behind the Nicki stan account @nasmaraj. He later said he hid his association with the fandom because he was afraid of people finding out he was gay.

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    He captioned both his Instagram and Twitter posts of the costume with two simple words: "NAS MARAJ!!!"

    "People will assume if you had an entire fan page dedicated to Nicki u are gay," Lil Nas tweeted in response to a fan in June, a year after he publicly came out. "And the rap/music industry ain't exactly built or accepting of gay men yet."

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    The revelation resulted in an interaction with Nicki herself, who said that while it was "a bit of a sting" for Lil Nas to deny he was a fan of hers, she understood why he did it.

    "I'm sorry I did that in a time where u were already getting so much bandwagon hate," he wrote in response. "I felt so bad, hoping u wouldn't see my denial. I was just so afraid of people finding out about me and losing everything before i even got a chance."

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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