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May 31, 2019 10:26 AM   Subscribe

 
I am thoroughly enjoying the way that Lil Nas X has been completely dragging the country establishment through the mud.
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:34 AM on May 31 [23 favorites]


On Youtube: Lil Nas X surprising the kids of Lander Elementary

According to the Guardian, "their enthusiasm bubbled over into jubilant, life-affirming insanity," and that seems like an understatement.
posted by Little Dawn at 10:37 AM on May 31 [14 favorites]


For anyone who's baffled by the whole phenomena of Old Town Road, this episode of the podcast Switched on Pop provides a great explanation and discusses why the song has become such a flash point of discussion.
posted by yasaman at 10:38 AM on May 31 [3 favorites]


What a sweetie. And I am amazed with how he got the kids to pipe down so easily when he needed to hear the track!
posted by queensissy at 10:46 AM on May 31 [3 favorites]


More absolutely vital Lil Nas X content (make sure you scroll down for the follow-up )
posted by an octopus IRL at 10:57 AM on May 31 [10 favorites]


After watching a gymnasium full of nicely-dressed suburban 8th graders jump in sync to Old Town Road, I'm even more baffled by all of this.

Oh and the kid in front in the grey sweats...that's a Fortnite dance right?
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:59 AM on May 31


I heard the BBC coverage of this story this morning, so I'd already heard the hollering, very excited kids. Let's just say seeing the kids this excited here in this coverage brings it to the next level (with kids wearing their hats, etc.) and jumping up and down.

I do think it's great that Lil Nas X took time out to do this for the school/kids - I'm sure some of the kids will remember this for the rest of their lives.

Also, in case anyone is interested; Lil Nas X's song isn't just at the top of the billboards in the US. It's all over the world (and has been for several weeks). I'm not going to peruse all the lists, but in he is at the top in the UK, France, Belgium, Belgium. In the past week, it has popped up on charts in some countries in South America (Bolivia, Ecuador) just this week - low at the moment (#70s), but I have no doubt it will zip on up.

Thanks for posting - like I said, seeing the kids adds a whole new level to this.
posted by Wolfster at 11:12 AM on May 31 [3 favorites]


Those gold-tipped boots are perfection. I’m loving his success.
posted by sallybrown at 11:24 AM on May 31 [2 favorites]


that's a Fortnite dance right?

For everyone my age* or older, it is called Orange justice.

*my age being "i learned this yesterday" and older being "today or in the future"

The song is catchy af, he seems to just be genuinely delighting in his success and good god id sacrifice a finger or toe to feel anything half as intensely as those kids are feeling him/the song.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 11:35 AM on May 31 [5 favorites]


good god id sacrifice a finger or toe to feel anything half as intensely as those kids are feeling him/the song.

But less shouty, right? Because serious props to teachers who wrangle elementary school ages kids. I love their unbridled joy, but their sheer volume is deafening, even through my phone speaker.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:34 PM on May 31 [1 favorite]


Oh and the kid in front in the grey sweats...that's a Fortnite dance right?


Say what you will about Fortnite (I don't actually know that much about it besides my nephews love of it) but if it's done anything, it's made little kids at weddings much better dancers than they were 20 years ago.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:37 PM on May 31 [10 favorites]


Bless those teachers who have to deal with an auditorium full of children screaming "can't nobody tell me nothing!!!!"
posted by tofu_crouton at 2:59 PM on May 31 [7 favorites]


I love that Lil Nas X's version of living his best life is just, like, playing secret free shows at elementary schools and giving away Maseratis as thank you presents. He is such a goddamm delight. *goes to play Old Town Road on youtube to help the song stay at #1*
posted by 23skidoo at 2:59 PM on May 31 [16 favorites]


If I was a famous pop star, this is what I'd do every other day.
posted by signal at 3:08 PM on May 31 [3 favorites]


I taught elementary school for ten years and lost some of my ability to hear. No joke. The lunchroom was like a jackhammer. That said, he did a great job, I love the song, and the kids were surprisingly well behaved. That could have been a disaster.
posted by Peach at 7:31 PM on May 31 [2 favorites]


This Reddit comment on the video made me lol pretty hard:
oh my God, Lil Nas X missed an opportunity for an incredible troll. Imagine he came out and decided to sing his new song, a soft, serious ballad about how important homework is. Kids would end up crying.
posted by Rhaomi at 8:48 PM on May 31 [8 favorites]


I’m super impressed with the school’s Powers that Be for not insisting that he change the lyrics of the second verse (won’t somebody PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?!). It’s an absolute delight to see all those kids get an excuse to shout “boobies” in unison.... I do wonder what the adults in their lives have told them “lean all in my bladder” means, but what they don’t know won’t hurt them.
posted by some_kind_of_toaster at 4:02 PM on June 2


.....i don't know what "lean all in my bladder" means. (am old)
posted by misanthropicsarah at 12:58 PM on June 3 [1 favorite]


Awww, I see you, sensory kid with the noise-blocking headphones! I'm so glad someone thought of him.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:18 PM on June 3


My Girl Scout troop recently performed a version of this at a campfire, changing the words to be about the outdoor-skills competition we were at. All the other Girl Scouts loved it; the leaders were either confused or also loved it, depending on age. They'd worked on the lyrics on the drive up in my minivan, listening to it over. And over. And over. Lucky for me I like the song.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:22 PM on June 3 [1 favorite]


i don't know what "lean all in my bladder" means. (am old)

As (almost) always, Urban Dictionary is a fantastic resource: Lean is Sprite + Promethazine w/Codeine VC (very specific prescription cough medicine) + a Jolly Rancher (optional)
posted by 23skidoo at 5:32 PM on June 3 [1 favorite]


This can't not make you smile
posted by Windopaene at 9:10 PM on June 5


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