Madonna criticised for saying she “did it first” in response to Lil Nas X kiss

She compared the moment to her infamous VMAs performance

Madonna has faced criticism after comparing Lil Nas X‘s kiss with a backing dancer to her kiss with Britney Spears in 2003.

On Sunday (June 27), X shared a passionate kiss with a dancer during his Egyptian-themed performance of ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ at the BET Awards 2021.

Posting on her Instagram Stories feed yesterday (June 29), Madonna uploaded a screenshot of the moment above a still from her infamous performance with Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV VMAs.


The ‘Madame X’ star sang a mash-up of ‘Like A Virgin’ and ‘Hollywood’ alongside Spears and Aguilera at the ceremony. She went on to kiss the pair before introducing Missy Elliott to the stage.

Captioning the side-by-side photos, Madonna wrote: “#DidItFirst”.

In response to the comparison, one Twitter user wrote: “Not Madonna thinking she did something with this comment… you had your moment let a queer black man have his moment!!!”

Others criticised Madge for being “out of touch” and for making the moment “about herself”, despite being seen as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.


“Imagine being this big ally(?) To the community and when you see one of us do well you decide to centre yourself,” another wrote. “If that’s not an apt metaphor for ALLYSHIP.”

Meanwhile, some users hit out at Madonna for posting an image of Spears while not speaking out in support of the star amid her ongoing conservatorship saga: “Madonna dragging Britney into stuff to get dragged but she can’t say #FreeBritney?”

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It comes after Madonna made a surprise appearance at a Pride party in New York last Thursday night (June 24). She played two songs at the event held at The Standard hotel’s Boom Boom Room and raised over $100,000 (£72k) for LGBTQ+ organisations.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X has shared a trailer for his forthcoming debut album ‘Montero’. In the caption, X teased that the record would be “COMING SOON!”.