The star has responded to the visuals after people noted the similarities between the clip and her video for ‘Cellophane’ – including ‘Cellophane’ director Andrew Thomas Huang.
“Thank you @lilnasx for our gentle honest conversations and for acknowledging the inspiration cellophane gave you and your creative team in creating your iconic video!” Twigs posted on Instagram last night (March 30).
“I think what you have done is amazing and I fully support your expression and bravery in pushing culture forward for the queer community. Legend status.”
She also went on to thank Huang and choreographer Kelly Yvonne for working on ‘Cellophane’ with her, as well as sex workers and strippers “for providing the physical language to make both videos possible”.
Twigs added that she has been working with the organisation SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy And Resistance Movement) “to help support this community” and encouraged her followers to donate to their hardship fund.
Lil Nas X responded to her comments in a post of his own, thanking her for calling him and “informing” him about the likenesses between the two music videos. “i was not aware they were so close,” he explained. “was only excited for the video to come out. i understand how hard you worked to bring this visual to life. you deserve so much more love and praise.”
The ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ video has caused further controversy beyond the similarities with Twigs’ video. Right-wing figures have criticised Lil Nas X for his use of religious imagery in the video, including scenes in a Garden Of Eden space and with the star giving a lap dance to the devil.