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Lil Nas X is “a tool being used to feminize little boys” declares batty TheBlaze.com writer

Lil Nas X isn’t literally pregnant

When gay-as-hell rapper Lil Nas X announced the upcoming release of his debut album by saying he was pregnant with it — and posed for pictures with a fake baby bump — he no doubt knew it would cause some less enlightened folks to blow a gasket.

But I’m not sure anyone could have imagined just how blown out some of these gaskets would be. Consider the post TheBlaze.com’s Jason Whitlock wrote in response to Lil Nas X’s photoshoot with People magazine. Whitlock’s post is a masterpiece of incoherent spew that somehow manages to suggest that the rapper is a secret cultural agent for the Chinese Communist Party working to sissify the United States.

“On Thursday,” Whitlock noted,

China’s lawmakers announced a ban on television programming with incorrect political positions, including shows featuring effeminate men. The Chinese Communist Party is pushing back against the feminization of men. Meanwhile, here in America, we’re celebrating it.

Well I should hope so!

Whitlock’s example of this allegedly terrible trend: Lil Nas X’s faux pregnancy photoshoot “to promote the fallacy that he’s having a baby.”

The fallacy? Do you not know what words mean?

Whitlock continues, explaining that we can’t just treat Lil Nas’ wry publicity stunt as a wry publicity stunt. No, it has a much more sinister aim: it’s part of an attempt to turn America’s boy children gay.

Lil Nas is important because he has the support of our cultural puppet masters. There’s a reason People Magazine supported his pregnancy photos. Lil Nas is bait for the minds of young people. He’s a tool being used to feminize little boys.

I’m pretty sure Lil Nas is his own puppetmaster.

Old Town Road made him an icon among grade-schoolers. Now that he’s an influencer, he’s putting out music to influence young boys in the LGBTQ direction.

The “LGBTQ direction?” Just say “gay,” dude; he’s not trying to lure young boys into lesbianism.

Every other month, he executes an attention-grabbing stunt connected to a sexual taboo. When he’s not giving the devil a lap dance, he’s twerking naked in a prison shower or posed in a white satin dress with a huge baby bump.

Sounds like someone’s being triggered.

Just a few years ago, we were (perhaps falsely) led to believe that 3% to 4% of Americans were gay. Now, when you turn on the television or open a social media app, society is presented as a narrative centered around alternative sexual identities.

You’d think that if this were so pervasive Whitlock would have a zillion examples to provide as proof. Nope; he’s got nothing but Lil Nas.

Transgenders make up 1% of society and 50% of our conversations about society. This is by design and manipulation.

That’s because transphobes are trying to take away trans folks’ basic rights.

Whitlock brings the topic back around to China:

If China is attempting to build a more masculine society, what kind of society would it love for its chief rival to adopt?

Maybe one riven by cultural conflicts that guys like you specialize in creating?

Oh, you were hoping I’d say “feminine.”

America is ruled by toxic femininity. The pleasing of emotions and feelings is our highest priority. We take so seriously the protection of feelings and emotions that thought crimes are judged more harshly than actual crimes.

Says the guy who’s harshly judging Lil Nas X for a cheeky publicity stunt.

After a brief detour discussing the Jan 6 insurrectionists — sorry, good sensible people — Whitlock declares that “[s]upport of Trump offends the sensibilities of feminized Americans.” Which I suppose is true; men are Trump’s biggest supporters.

“Man can never fully please a woman,” he then declares, like someone who’s just been reminded that it’s his turn to empty the dishwasher.

It’s not in her nature to feel fulfilled. There’s always more, something better. I’m sorry if that offends. It’s my belief.

You’re not sorry it offends. You’re trying deliberately to offend.

It’s my belief that we’re building a society that makes laws and rules based on feelings, fleeting, flighty, and filthy emotion. Emotions and feelings drive the behavior of weak people. Modern culture says men are weak when they don’t express their emotions. The truth is men are weak when they don’t control and tame their emotions. So are societies.

Take a look at this video of the Proud Boys beating up people on the streets of new York. Do these glorious paragons of toxic masculinity look like they know how to control their emotions?

Whitlock then turns once again to trans people, dismissing their gender dysphoria as little more than “confusion” on their part. He then seems to suggest that trans people should not be allowed to transition.

I do not doubt that [dead name] Jenner felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body. I don’t doubt it for one second. We can’t make laws based on people’s feelings, though. Feelings change. A fair society presents challenges for all of us. Should airlines be forced to change the size of their seats because I feel uncomfortable in a standard coach seat?

Did he just jump from trans rights to … airplane seats? (And why shouldn’t airlines install slightly bigger seats if their passengers find the current seats uncomfortable?)

There are consequences for our untamed feelings and desires. I feel like eating McDonald’s five times a day. There’s a price for that.

A burst stomach?

There’s a price America will pay for its emasculation of men. China is taking steps to collect that debt. Lil Nas X is just another maxed-out credit card in the Mold War.

The “Mold War,” in Whitlock’s befuddled brain, seems to mean the war to “mold” citizens, which apparently China is winning because it’s banned “effeminate” men from television. I’m not sure why Whitlock thinks the “Mold War” is a clever joke. Then again, with all his unsupported arguments and leaps from topic to topic, he seems a bit addled.

Lil Nas isn’t trying to “mold” anyone. He’s breaking the mold. And it’s damn refreshing.

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Sheila Crosby
Sheila Crosby
12 days ago

Has Whitlock been taking Ivermectin?

lkeke35
lkeke35
12 days ago

I know this sounds uncharitable, but I’m damn sick and tired of being chastised for calling things the way they actually are, and that is that:

Jason Whitlock has always been ass-stupid.

Most educated Black people (and quite a large number of some of the less educated ones too), know this.

Black people think he’s a joke! All of this nonsense is classic “Hotep-ery” which many of us can see for exactly what it is. We support our gay, lesbian, and trans brothers and sisters! We say their names, too.

(For some reason, white people always fear that Black people are easily taken in by such hatred. I wonder why? But more importantly a lot more of us, especially the younger generations who have grown up with the internet, are able to see through this line of thinking than white people want to believe. A little OT, but there is a definitely through line of even progressive white people thinking we’re idiots who can be easily taken in by having a Black face say anything in our direction. Most certainly Conservative Republicans keep thinking this.)

Most of us, when we say Black Lives Matter, we really do mean ALL OF THEM! Not just the ones we personally approve of.)

lkeke35
lkeke35
12 days ago

Oh, and I love Lil Nas X btw! He is truly breaking new ground in a way that previous nongender conforming artists didn’t do, (like Prince and Boy George) most especially for Black performers. (And his music slaps, too!)

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mexican Hot Chocolate
12 days ago

So when Lil Nas X was all of two he influenced me to come out as bi? And 20 years later, I came out as genderqueer because I watched one of his music videos one time? WOW. He must be some sort of Queer god! Jason Whitlock is right; America does have a problem. It’s not Lil Nas X, it’s men like Jason Whitlock who fear their emotions and wallow in misogyny.

Trying
Trying
12 days ago

He sounds very authoritarian.

(Thanks for not deadnaming C Jenner. Too many people think it’s OK because she’s a Republican)

Full Metal Ox
12 days ago

@Trying:

(Thanks for not deadnaming C Jenner. Too many people think it’s OK because she’s a Republican)

Which serves the attitude that livenaming is a privilege rather than a right (and revokable if we don’t like your behavior.)

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
12 days ago

I stan Lil Nas X.

I like his music (it’s catchy and modern without scaring us old [liberal] people), his videos are all great watching experiences, and I LOVE that he’s so completely himself and takes such glee in making the conservatives froth at the mouth like this.

If you don’t laugh or at least smile watching the “Old Town Road” video, check yourself.

My husband and I both remain stolidly hetero, cis, and monogamous, despite this.

Whitlock seems to have high levels of both misogyny and homophobia. If the poor snowflake is so triggered by Lil Nas, he needs to stop obsessively following the man’s career. Unless there’s another reason…

BTW, in the “Industry Baby” video, none of the men are naked in the shower. They’re blurred to look that way, but they’re all wearing tiny undies. The only actual nakedness is the butt of the one girl in the video.

Airline seats are uncomfortable for anyone of any size nowadays. They bugged me when I weighed 100 lbs. soaking wet and they were a couple of inches bigger than now. So yes, all of them need to be made larger ASAP.

@Ikeke35: Wait, this fool is actually Black? My gob is smacked. He seriously writes like the typical RW SWM. And he’s named “Jason”. Surprised it isn’t “Tom”.

Guess what, buddy — being “one of the good ones” still ain’t gonna protect you from your Proud Boys heroes on a rampage.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
12 days ago

@David: the headline says “batty Blaze.com writer”.

I detect a certain redundancy there.

(I typed “reduncedancy” first; paging Dr. Freud, and apologies for the ableism. Bad subconscious, no id biscuit.)

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
12 days ago

the rapper is a secret cultural agent for the Chinese Communist Party

Reds under the bed? Seriously? I thought we were past that fifty years or so ago …

Web_Flotsam
12 days ago

Every other month, he executes an attention-grabbing stunt connected to a sexual taboo.”

Yes, Whitlock. It’s not a major conspiracy. It’s a stunt to make people like you froth at the mouth. You’re so close to getting it, but then you go right back and give him free publicity again with a tantrum that Little Nas X did the bad thing.

Steph
Steph
12 days ago

I will never cease to be amazed by Lil Nas X ability to troll homophobes.

Each day he finds a new way and I love it. I also love the fact that so many queer, questioning, bi, gay etc young black boys have somebody like Lil Nas X in the public eye.

Steph
Steph
12 days ago

Some other things:

1) why do they always advance the nonsense argument that A man who toys with femininity in the public sphere will somehow convince others to be feminine when they were not that way inclined? If that were true given what Lil Nas X has said about his surroundings growing up he should be the poster child for hypermasculinity.

2) Even if other men were encouraged to be feminine as a result of this…so?

3) On a separate note I am not familiar with Jason Whitlock (I’m not a Yank). He strikes me as being from the Klandace Owens school of black conservatives who have learned there is a LOT of money to be made in denigrating black people at the behest of conservative white people.

4) Why are the “muh freedom!” Crowd suddenly do anti-freedom when it comes to men and women who operate outside of the gender expectations for their sex?

Lastly: the misogyny just leaps out here:

“ America is ruled by toxic femininity. The pleasing of emotions and feelings is our highest priority. We take so seriously the protection of feelings and emotions that thought crimes are judged more harshly than actual crimes.”

Toxic femininity is NOT a thing for obvious reasons (we don’t insist women behave a certain way to be see as a proper representation of a woman in the same way we do for men. There is no female equivalent of the term “emasculate”.)

But this sly notion that emotions and feelings are “feminine” contrasts with the apparent suggestion that logic and reason are “masculine” is dripping with misogyny. And it’s ironic given his entire piece is about his feelings and emotions vis-a-vis feminine men.

Last edited 12 days ago by Steph
Steph
Steph
12 days ago

@GSS ex noob

“ Wait, this fool is actually Black? My gob is smacked. He seriously writes like the typical RW SWM. And he’s named “Jason”. Surprised it isn’t “Tom”

What an odd comment?

1) Why would you be surprised to find a homophobe and misogynist who is also black? Even among non conservatives there are many black man who uphold hypermasculinity and it’s bedfellow misogyny.

2) If white your comments about his name being “Tom” are really quite yucky.

Cheesynougats
Cheesynougats
12 days ago

I remember when Whitlock was just another sports journalist here in KC. I don’t remember seeing any sign of all this while he was here, but he jumped onto it shortly after hitting the big time at ESPN.

Ninja Socialist
Ninja Socialist
12 days ago

That an is wrong about everything. Feelings are human, not feminine. I’m sure he supports men crying over lost sports ball games. I’m sick to death of all these men who act like feminine equals weakness and is the worst possible thing ever.

Elaine The Witch
Elaine The Witch
12 days ago

when I saw Lil Nas announcement for his album, I just straight up laughed. I had never heard of this gentleman before or listen to his music that I know but when I saw this I was like “this, this is beautiful”

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
12 days ago

The CCP is bad. Except, wait a second, I hear they’re homophobic? Oh, okay. Never mind. They’re good and we should be more like them.

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
12 days ago

Wow, what an incoherent mess. And the fact that he equates ‘statement that I believe is wrong’ with a fallacy is one of the shining examples of ‘delusions of eloquence’.

As for LilNasX: I fully endorse all of the colorful awesome stuff he has done to piss a conservatives off, whether it be the Nikes with his own blood or poledancing his way to hell. Dude knows what he likes and I salute him for it. I also saw a video of ‘old gay men respond to’ about that clip and it was hilarious.

Alan Robertshaw
12 days ago

@ steph

Toxic femininity is NOT a thing 

Toxic femininity is a term that’s been used by black writers and commentators to describe what now gets referred to a ‘Karen’ behaviour.

So things like Amy Cooper calling the police on the birdwatching guy; and playing up on the ‘man threatens vulnerable woman’ thing.

That of course is a legitimate use, and a million miles from the way the term is sought to be used by Mr Whitlock.

Steph
Steph
12 days ago

@alanrobertshaw

Thanks for offering greater context but I still maintain that toxic feminity does not exist.

If they want to find a term to describe the specific problem with Karen’s then they could just refer to it as politicised White Womanhood.

Moggie
Moggie
12 days ago

@WWTH:

The CCP is bad. Except, wait a second, I hear they’re homophobic? Oh, okay. Never mind. They’re good and we should be more like them.

Well, China arguably does capitalism better than America, as well as oppressing minorities, so it’s not surprising if some on the right support them.

As for “the Mold War”, that sounds like something from the ad copy for a dehumidifier.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
12 days ago

@Sheila,

If he hasn’t been taking Ivermectin, he really should. Serious case of the brain worms going on there.

Alan Robertshaw
12 days ago

@ scildfreja

If he hasn’t been taking Ivermectin

It now looks like snake venom might be effective against covid; so if the horse wormer crowd pick up on that one it might get interesting.

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/brazilian-viper-venom-may-become-tool-fight-against-coronavirus-study-shows-2021-08-31/

Chris Oakley
Chris Oakley
12 days ago

C’mon, David, you seriously expected a good cultural take from Twitlock? He spent years hyping failed quarterback Jeff George as a future NFL Hall of Famer when George wasn’t even fit to captain a Pop Warner practice squad. The next time Twitlock gets something right will be the first time.

Sheila Crosby
Sheila Crosby
11 days ago

@Alan. Oh dear. I can just see how this is going to play out in the snake charming churches.

OT: GoDaddy stopped hosting the horrible Texas abortion-snitch website because they were collecting 3rd party data without consent – pretty much the whole point of the site, of course.

So they went off to Epik, which hosts a bunch of Nazis and similar.

Now Epik have booted them for collecting 3rd party data without consent.

By the time actual, literal Nazis complain of your skeevy ethics, I think it’s time to reexamine your life choices.

Not that they will reexamine them, of course.

Jesalin, Sapphic Goddess of Lust
Jesalin, Sapphic Goddess of Lust
11 days ago

“Man can never fully please a woman,” he then declares

I love how they always tell on themselves.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

It’s my belief that we’re building a society that makes laws and rules based on feelings, fleeting, flighty, and filthy emotion.

“My belief” sounds like a fleeting, flighty, and filthy feeling, not like a cold, tough, masculine fact. (Facts are so manly they don’t need filthy feminine frills like alliteration.)

Ninja Socialist
Ninja Socialist
11 days ago

Lil Nas X is a genius at publicity and pissing off the right. Right wing moral scolds have been falling for this forever and providing endless, free publicity.

Angie
Angie
11 days ago

Toxic femininity is NOT a thing for obvious reasons (we don’t insist women behave a certain way to be see as a proper representation of a woman in the same way we do for men. There is no female equivalent of the term “emasculate”.)

Trans women, butch women, lesbians, gender nonconforming women, and Black women would probably disagree with you about the whole “we don’t insist women behave a certain way” thing – probably also disabled women, fat women and any other woman who does not fit the Western mold of the ideal woman. As a non-binary person who was socialised female, there was definitely a way that I was supposed to behave that I was not living up to. It may not have the same consequences as it does for men (although there are still consequences), and I wouldn’t necessarily call it toxic femininity, but you are definitely wrong about there not being expectations of how women should behave which are socially enforced and which result in a person being seen as “not a real woman”.

Also, I think that the equivalent of “emasculate” for women would be something that gave you greater autonomy/social power, since femininity in social terms still signals “lesser”: if you’re becoming less like a woman in social terms, that means more like a man (obviously non-binary doesn’t really get considered in this) i.e. more powerful.

lkeke35
lkeke35
10 days ago

Yes, they need to read up on the masculinizing stereotypes used against Black women to declare how we’re not really women, especially when er were on positions of power, or do anything to the disapproval of men, which has been going on for some four hundred years.

The standard against which all other women are compared, is straight, white, and conventionally thin, and depending on how far away a woman is from that standard, the repercussions could be anything from being chastised, ostracized, and shunned, or in the case of non-binary, lesbian, and ace women, experiencing corrective rape, or in the case of trans women, being murdered.

But yes, the parallels are there. Any human whether male female or any other gender identity outside that binary, being that behaves anywhere outside the gender standards of straight white male, or straight white female, will experience varying levels of pushback, right up to being killed (I’m speaking here about anyone in the lgbtq community, especially.)