Politico — the media outlet of choice for many Washington, D.C., denizens — has decided to honor rapper Lil Nas X as one of the 40 most influential people in race and culture for the year 2021 because the budding artist gave Satan a lap dance during one of his music videos. He also sold Lucifer-inspired shoes, which were made to look as if they were drenched in human blood. The outlet claimed these actions helped advance liberal causes by “owning” conservatives.
According to the outlet, a group of a dozen Politico editors compiled the list over a period spanning several months and featured “rigorous” categories for selection. Editors had to defend their selections based on the following gauntlet:
- Did the nominee have actionable influence? Did their statement, work or action lead to a measurable change?
- Did that change happen between 2021 and 2022?
- Was the nominee a disrupter of some status quo?
- Is the nominee politically outspoken?
- And broadly: Do we have a good balance of people? Do they represent the biggest political issues of 2021?
That led to a list of 40 people, which included names like Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Attorney General of New York Letitia James, and dozens of people ranging from “strategists to politicians, activists to influencers” who have “undeniably impacted the intersection of race, politics and policy.”
Possibly as part of a reverse psychological effort to dispel the notion that D.C. and the nation’s elite are run by Satan-worshipping weirdos, Lil Nas X was featured on this list for “the lap dance that launched a thousand angry tweets.”
“In the campy video for his single, ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name),’ Lil Nas X, an out-and-proud singer/rapper, famously descended into the depths of hell to twerk with the devil,” Politico wrote.
“Then came the special edition Satan sneakers embedded with a drop of human blood. Outrage predictably ensued, most notably from the right, ending with the Atlanta native jousting on Twitter with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a potential 2024 GOP presidential hopeful,” the outlet added.
As for why that was so momentous, Politico claimed that it was somehow a benefit for liberals because it used conservatives’ own tactics against them:
In 2021, Lil Nas X, who once said he stayed away from politics because it depressed him, dove headfirst into the political arena, driving the conversation about race and sexual identity and flipping the conservative culture wars/owning the libs playbook. “I definitely want to be more involved [in politics],” he told “The View.” “I know I have a platform and I have influence over what people see and hear and think about everything that’s going on … There are conversations that have to be had.”
Exactly what kind of “conversations” he meant and how the Devil fits into them remains unclear.
The outlet should also be reminded that Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, is not the first progressive activist to dedicate his work to Satan. In his largely influential book, “penned an epigraph to “Rules for Radicals,” which read:” community organizer Saul Alinsky also used Lucifer as the vessel upon which to advance his agenda. Alinsky, hero of folks like twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, and alleged domestic terrorist Bill Ayers,
Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.
In light of that, and the fact that Politico appears to see the rapper’s homage as some sort of liberal victory, perhaps readers should take the D.C. news website of choice at their word that promoting Satan fits in line with the progressive agenda.
The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.
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