Lil Nas X’s New Song “J Christ” Has Christians Livid

By: ScreenGawk Staff | Published: Jan 19, 2024

An American rapper popular among the nation’s younger generations has conservative Christians in uproar after the release of a new song titled “J Christ.”

Following the release of Lil Nas X’s new track, Christians have lashed out, leading the popular rapper to issue a statement on social media.

Release of “J Christ”

American rapper Lil Nas X, who grew up in Lithia Springs, Georgia, released the controversial “J Christ” track on January 12, 2024.

Lil Nas X pictured wearing a white dress during his “J Christ” music video

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Since the release of the song, Lis Nas X has been harassed by many Christians online who claim he has mocked various facets of their religion with the music video.

What Angered the Christian Population

The new track came accompanied by cover art, in which Lil Nas X was portrayed as Jesus on a cross.

Lil Nas X pictured in his latest music video as Jesus on a wooden cross

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Many conservative Christians were upset with the image and further angered by the song’s music video, which portrays the young rapper as a savior-like figure.

Initial Response to the Critics

After receiving heavy backlash for the music video, Lil Nas X took to X to respond to some of the criticism.

Lil Nas X performs onstage during Day 5 of the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom

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“The crazy thing is nowhere in the picture is a mockery of jesus. Jesus’s image is used throughout history in people’s art all over the world,” he wrote.

Lil Nas X Fire Back on Social Media

The young rapper appears to have taken offense to many of the comments that argued he was mocking Christianity. 

A person dressed in a pink shirt uses their smartphone to reply to comments on social media

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In a separate tweet, he wrote, “I’m not making fun of s—. yall just gotta stop trying to gatekeep a religion that was here before any of us were even born. stfu.”

Rapper Calms Down and Issues Statement

After the initial comments were shared with X, Lil Nas X decided to upload a video to explain his thoughts on the video.

Lil Nas X pictured during a recent video he uploaded to social media

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“I wanted to not necessarily apologize, but I wanted to explain where my head is at and where it’s been for like the last week. So first of all, when I did the artwork, I knew there would be some upset people or whatnot simply because religion is a very sensitive topic for a lot of people,” he said.


No Intention to Mock the Religion

As the short video continues, the Georgia rapper claims his intention was never to mock Christianity. 

A man is pictured as he prays inside a church wearing a patterned shirt

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“But I also didn’t mean to mock,” said Lil Nas X as he spoke during the video uploaded to social media last Monday.


I’m Back Like Jesus

In a later part of the video, Lil Nas X explains he used Jesus as a metaphor for his return to the music scene.

Photo illustration of Jesus Christ walking on water

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“This wasn’t like a ‘f— you to you people. F— you to the Christians.’ It was not that. It was literally me saying, ‘Oh, I’m back. I’m back like Jesus,” he said.


Nothing to Do With Mockery

The rapper did his best to convince fans during the video response video that he never meant to offend anyone with his “J Christ” music video.

Lil Nas X pictured during the video he uploaded to social media in response to the negativity surrounding his “J Christ” music video

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“I’m not the first person to dress up as Jesus. I’m not the first rapper. I’m not the first artist, and I won’t be the last. And I know, given my history with the “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video, anything that I do related to religion can be seen as mockery. That just was not the case with this,” he said.


Christians Angered With Communion Scene

In one part of his latest music video, Lil Nas X is seen drinking wine and eating communion wafers. According to critics, this was a mockery of the practice.

A priest holds a Holy Communion wafer as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at Nationals Park

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“It’s me eating the communion, which is the symbolism of Jesus’ blood and bones or something like that, I don’t remember completely. I didn’t mean it as a cannibalism thing or whatever the freak, but I do apologize for that. I will say I am sorry for that,” said the rapper.


Lil Nas X Admits He Messed Up

The young Georgia rapper eventually admitted he understands why people are upset with his video. “I know I messed up really bad this time, and I can act unbothered all I want, but it’s definitely taken a mental toll on me,” said Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X pictured with sheeps shears in his hand as he sits on a wooden seat during the “J Christ” music video

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Yet, he wanted to let his Christina fans know he’s not against them, saying, “I was put on this earth to bring people closer together and promote love, and that’s who I am.”


Going to College For Bible Study

In a separate post to social media, Lil Nas X pleads further innocence by claiming he will attend a college for biblical studies in the fall.

Lil Nas X poses with a Bible in hand at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

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“I know some of y’all hate me right now, but I want y’all to know I’m literally about to go to college for biblical studies in the fall,” he wrote.