Kidz Bop covered Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’, a song about love and gay sex, but removed all queer references

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Lil Nas X attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.,Rich Fury / Getty Images

  • Children’s music brand Kidz Bop released a cover of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X”.

  • The Kidz Bop version of the song removes references to sex, drugs, and homosexuality.

  • Lil Nas X commented on the track, reposting his lyrics and saying the performers “killed him”.

Kidz Bop covered “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” from Lil Nas X, the single that sparked a culture war against the song’s weirdness and satanic imagery, but censored all mentions of sex, drug and gay attraction.

Kidz Bop is a children’s music brand that repackages pop songs for younger audiences, typically censoring mentions of adult themes in covers performed by children.

Kidz Bop’s cover of Lil Nas X’s “Montero”, which was released on October 22 as part of the “Kidz Bop 2022” compilation album, included modified lyrics like “Cocaine and Drinking With Your Friends” at ” sing and dance with your friends “, and” I wanna feel on your ass in Hawaii “to” I wanna lie on the beach in Hawaii “.

Kidz Bop also removed “boy” from lyrics in lines like, “You live in the dark, boy, I can’t fake it.” He also changed the last line of the song’s pre-chorus: “if Eve isn’t in your garden you know you can ‘became’ if you’re not in the garden you know you can “in the Kidz Bop version.

As reported by The Daily Dot, a TikTok video from user @combat_ostrich noted that the cover also removed lyrics which clearly show the song was written and sung by a gay man. Other TikTok users have posted videos reacting to the Kidz Bop version of the song, and some in the comments have issued similar criticisms.

“They cleared it up,” reads a comment with around 7,800 likes on user @jameslestrange__’s video of the song.

The song, along with Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes,” a sneaker collaboration with MSCHF that featured a drop of blood in each pair, generated moral panic. The clip for the song included both erotic and Christian images and showed Lil Nas X waking up in Eden before dancing on pole to hell and rubbing the devil’s knees. The singer responded online to criticism from conservative media figures like Candace Owens and those who claimed he was deliberately exposing children to mature themes.

“I’m not going to spend my whole career trying to take care of your kids. It’s your job,” Lil Nas X said in a March 26 tweet reply to a message that the “system” was “targeting children”.

Lil Nas X has previously commented on the Kidz Bop version of his song. On October 1, he tweeted “lmaooo, they’re really making a kidz bop version of calling me by your name.” On October 26, he posted a screenshot of Kidz Bop cover lyrics, without caption.

“I’m not even kidding, I just saw this ad,” Lil Nas X wrote in an Oct. 1 tweet containing a clip of an ad for the song Kidz Bop. “They killed him anyway.”

Other Kidz Bop songs have refined gender language. Her cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U”, also on “Kidz Bop 2022”, changed the lyrics, “now you can be a better man for your brand new girl” by “now you can be a better man for your whole new girl. new girl. ” The Kidz Bop cover of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” featured edited lines, converting “boy’s problems” to “some problems” and “why men are great” to “why you’re great”.

The organization has also explicitly removed LGBTQ content from other tracks. As LGBTQ news site Queerty reported at the time, Kidz Bop’s 2011 cover of Lady Gaga’s 2011 single “Born This Way” removed LGBTQ lyrics. While the song is no longer available on official Kidz Bop channels, her lyric aggregations show that she left out lines such as “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” and “whatever gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgender life. “

Kidz Bop and representatives for Lil Nas X did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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