Lil Nas X was in Canada promoting his new documentary on Saturday (Picture: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Lil Nas X was the target of a homophobic bomb threat at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday.
The rapper was at the festival for the world premiere of his documentary, Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, but his appearance was delayed when a bomb threat was called in.
Sources say the threat ‘specifically targeted the rapper for being a Black queer artist’.
The screening was set to take place at 10pm local time at the venue Roy Thomson Hall, with Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel, the documentary’s co-creators, and editor Andrew Morrow arriving on the red carpet first.
According to Variety, Lil Nas X pulled up in his car but was told to ‘hold’ as ‘organisers were informed a bomb threat had been called in’.
The outlet was also told by a source that the threat specifically targeted the rapper’s sexual orientation.
Lil Nas X pulled up in his car but was told to ‘hold’ as ‘organisers were informed a bomb threat had been called in’ (Picture: Getty)
Security for the world-famous film festival then conducted a sweep of the venue and the threat was proved not credible.
Lil Nas X then joined the documentary’s co-creators and editor on the red carpet 20 minutes late.
The screening kicked off at around 10.30pm.
Security for the world-famous film festival then conducted a sweep of the venue and the threat was proved not credible (Picture: Getty)
Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero documents the pop sensation’s life on the road during his Long Live Montero tour.
A press release for the movie adds that it follows ‘an artist on tour navigating identity, family, expectations and acceptance, all while reflecting on his place within the legacy of Black, queer performers’.
Lil Nas X then joined the documentary’s co-creators and editor on the red carpet 20 minutes late (Picture: Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
Toronto Film Festival CEO Cameron Bailey said of the documentary: ‘In this groundbreaking documentary, we witness Lil Nas X challenging boundaries and reshaping the artistic landscape.
‘The film’s captivating journey underscores the profound impact of Lil Nas X, who fearlessly brings audiences together through the universal language of music. We are thrilled to host Lil Nas X at TIFF this year.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Toronto Film Festival and Lil Nas X’s reps for comment.
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