Lil Nas X has issued a firmly worded response to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who stated in a recent segment that the rapper “helped incite” riots by encouraging his Twitter followers to donate to bail groups throughout the United States.
The controversy unfolded after Lil Nas X, like an array of other music industry figures, donated to organizations that specialize in covering bail costs for in-need persons – besides encouraging his followers to do the same.
In the cited segment, Tucker Carlson highlighted some of the celebrities and entertainment industry professionals – including Lil Nas X – who gave to and promoted the organizations, claiming that their donations helped “to get violent rioters out of jail.”
Lil Nas X responded to Carlson’s comments in a tweet, writing: “this man just lied and told millions of people on national television that i was inciting riots. you can’t make this up.”
It’s currently unclear whether Lil Nas X will file a defamation lawsuit against Carlson – which a large number of his Twitter followers suggested that he do. “sue him for defamation of character,” one user said.
At the time of this writing, the call for legal action had garnered more than 340 retweets and had received nearly 15,000 likes. Additionally, neither Tucker Carlson nor Fox News had publicly responded to Lil Nas X’s message.
Earlier this week, the 21-year-old rapper took aim at “Black Out Tuesday,” which was conceived and planned by the music industry (though many entertainment professionals ultimately participated).
Specifically, the “Old Town Road” artist voiced his opinion that abstaining from creating new social media posts was having a counterproductive impact on the many protests taking place, tweeting: “i know y’all mean well but… bro saying stop posting for a day is the worst idea ever.
“i just really think this is the time to push as hard as ever. i don’t think the movement has ever been this powerful. we don’t need to slow it down by posting nothing. we need to spread info and be as loud as ever,” he subsequently elaborated.
Lil Nas X indicated today that he will be participating in protests over the weekend.