Jack Harlow has hit back at comments directed at Lil Nas X and his work, describing remarks as “totally inappropriate” and homophobic.
In an interview with the Guardian, Harlow, who collaborated with Lil Nas X for his hit Industry Baby, described the iconic gay rapper as a boundary pusher and a “hero”.
During the interview, Harlow said that some reactions to Lil Nas X and his work highlight the work that still needs to be done to remove homophobia and stigma from the music industry and society.
“The totally inappropriate reaction to him lets you know that we still have some progress to be made,” Harlow said, referring to Lil Nas X’s sexuality. “And you hear it in passing; there’s still some homophobia going on.”
“But he’s taking the hit that artists won’t have to take in the future. That’s what makes him a hero,” he added.
Harlow’s comments follow a 2021 interview with GQ when he said that he was “attracted” to Lil Nas X as an artist, saying that “he’s at the front and centre”, driving inclusion in the music industry.
During the interview with GQ, Harlow also explained how he felt that there is still a “long way to go” in regards to inclusion and homophobia, adding that there are still people out there that “feel like you are forcing” being LGBTQ+ “down their throats.”
Harlow also added that people in his circles told him not to work on a song with Lil Nas X.
“There are some people, at the root level – although they don’t want to hurt any gays; they don’t hate gays – they think it is wrong, whether it’s religion or whatever reason it is.”
“But for me, I have never been this way. Never.”