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Rapper Lil Nas X jokes that "Saturday Night Live" is "going to hell" after one of its skits featured a likeness of the rapper lap dancing for God.
What are the details?
During Saturday night's opening skit, comedian Chris Redd appeared as a portrayal of Lil Nas X and discussed the ensuing controversy after the release of his highly controversial new music video, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."
In the music video, the rapper — whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill — can be seen making out with a half-man, half-snake. Elsewhere he can be seen sliding down a stripper pole from heaven into hell, where he presents Satan himself with a lap dance. The rapper has also been under fire for his "Satan Shoes" — an authorized design built on a pair of Nikes, and which features a drop of human blood, a pentagram pendant, and the number "666." Nike has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the shoes' distribution.
During the Saturday skit, Redd addressed the outraged caused by his new video.
Comedian Chloe Fineman — portraying pop star Britney Spears hosting a fictional talk show — introduced Redd's character as one of the "social pariahs of the week," and said that experienced being "attacked by the rare combo of the Catholic Church and Nike."
When asked about the controversy around the shoes, Redd's Lil Nas X said, "I don't know why Nike is so mad. Their whole thing is 'Just do it.' Well, I did it."
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Fineman's Spears went on to address the frenzy following the rapper's music video.
"Why are they so upset?" she asked.
Redd responded, "[Because they are] closed-minded idiots. People are afraid of me because I'm different, but really I'm just your typical gay black country rap sneaker entrepreneur."
Fineman added, "What would you say to the religious folks who are mad that you gave Satan a lap dance?"
Redd explained that it wasn't "the real Satan" in the video.
"[T]he real Satan doesn't do, like, music videos, so maybe chill," he added.
Fineman responded, "Would you be willing to give a lap dance to God, just to even things out?"
Redd agreed, and Fineman bought out "God," portrayed by comedian Mikey Day.
After Redd performed the lap dance, Fineman cheered and said, "Wow! Happy Easter everyone!"
Late Saturday night, Lil Nas X himself tweeted about the sketch and said, "snl going to hell."
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