Lady Gaga’s bassist faced a firestorm of criticism Friday (26 March) after blasting Lil Nas X for singing about his “sexual preference” in the unabashedly queer song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.
Jonny Goood, a former police officer, took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the music video, which features Lil Nas X giving Satan a fiery lap dance and pole dancing down to Hell.
He has performed alongside Gaga as part of the Haus of Gaga band across multiple tours throughout the Joanne era, including the Joanne World Tour and her Las Vegas residency concert Enigma, as well as during her 2017 Super Bowl halftime number.
Lil Nas X’s track has already rankled conservative commentators, who have dubbed it “depraved” and “evil”. The 21-year-old, of course, clapped back in ways that should be hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
Lady Gaga’s bassist criticised Lil Nas X for singing about his ‘sexual orientation’
“I gotta go f***ing wash my brain with soap after watching that f***ing Nas X,” Goood began, according to a screen recording of the Instagram Stories on Twitter.
“Oh my god. Well, my mum’s not gon’ watch that video,” he said. “Do not go watch that video, bro.
“I wanna know why is sexual preference so prevalent in music? Like, why is the agenda of sexual orientation in music so heavily correlated, like, I don’t get it?”
Many users pointed out that he has played with Lady Gaga, who has long sought to defend the LGBT+ community and embrace her own and others sexuality through her songwriting, such as in “Born This Way“.
Goood responded to the reaction by noting that he himself “makes music with zero sexual content”.
“No gun violence,” he wrote in an Instagram Story uploaded Saturday (27 March), “no degrading women, no drugs, if that’s what you’re into.
“It takes a ton of creative energy to create with none of those topics. You gotta think outside the box.
“Of course, you wouldn’t know that because you ONLY follow me because I worked for one of your favourite artists.
Goood then encouraged those of his 22,800 followers who do not share his “morals and code of conduct” to unfollow him.
“Oh, but that’s why I don’t really like sex in my music […] why my own music doesn’t have it,” he added.
“It’s easy, everyone does it because you guys love sex. I do, [too], but I rather have it and then just write about something else lol.”