Discussion about Lil Nas X's performance of "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" at the BET awards, which culminated in a gay kiss, is ongoing.
After several people compared it to the Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears kiss that took place at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna herself weighed in on the moment.
People initially did not react kindly to Madonna's response.
But Nas wasn't having it.
Replying to the PopCrave tweet, he simply said:
"Me and madonna are friends. It's just a joke."
Madonna has received a fair bit of negative press over the last year, after a now-deleted post where she delivered a speech about how the virus and ongoing pandemic were the "great equalizer," shared from her Soho, UK apartment in a rose petal-filled tub.
Madonna and Lil Nas X appeared to strike up their friendship on the LA stop of Madonna's Madame X tour.
She and Nas then sat down together on stage, where he sang a bit of "Old Town Road" and she told him she would "teach [him] how to ride" horses at her horse ranch.
Both artists are well-known for their boundary pushing—but the public may have more of an appetite for Nas' than for Madonna's work lately.