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Lil Nas X Claps Back at 50 Cent, More Haters Over Nicki Minaj Costume

Lil Nas X Claps Back at 50 Cent, More Haters Over Nicki Minaj Costume

Lil Nas X Claps Back at 50 Cent, More Haters Over Nicki Minaj Costume

"Grown men are waking up to have group discussions about a costume I wore on Halloween."

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With a spot-on recreation of Nicki Minaj's most iconic look from her hit "Super Bass" video, it's safe to say "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X won Halloween by a landslide. Captioned "Nas Maraj," the photo not only cements the 21-year-old's status as a Barb, but it's also a nod to his former Twitter troll account with the exact username.

Fans couldn't get enough of the costume. 

But with the fans also, unfortunately, comes the haters. Rapper 50 Cent, who has had a sordid relationship with the LGBTQ+ community over the years, shared the pictures with the vaguely homophobic caption, "What the fuck, Nikki come get him! Lol."

It's not clear why the photos elicited such a strong reaction with 50 or why Nicki needs to "come get" X. In a now-deleted tweet, Lil Nas X responded, "50 Cent please stop making collages of me challenge."

Dave East, who is an American rapper according to a quick Google search, also decided to come for X's instantly iconic costume. He shared screenshots of X on his Instagram story, writing, "And ya’ll was mad at me about this n***a. Bati mon. Bun up!"

Lil Nas X promptly collected East as well, saying, "It’s “batty man” n****s can’t even be homophobic the proper way smh butchering the hell out of the patois." He reflected on the haters in another tweet, "Bro I don’t bother a soul in this industry. All I do is tweet and make bangers. Leave me alone damn."

And even today, X is still defending himself on Twitter. One person accused him of "manipulating children" by wearing the costume and putting on makeup, suggesting that the rapper dressing up as Minaj is influencing children to be gay. "So by this logic if I put on a Shrek costume all of these little kids will want to Shrek right?" said X. 

Even during a holiday where we're supposed to dress up in ridiculous costumes, LGBTQ+ folks still have to deal with subtle AND not-so-subtle homophobia. We think X said it best: "It’s November 2nd and grown men are waking up to have group discussions about a costume I wore on Halloween."

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!