Lil Nas X’s Documentary Delayed After Bomb Threat

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The premiere of Lil Nas X’s documentary ‘Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero’ experienced a delay at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) after receiving a bomb threat, September 9.

The premiere of the rapper’s documentary on Saturday was postponed for a while after a bomb threat specifically targeted Lil Nas X for being a Black queer artist. Before the debut, the documentary’s co-directors Carlos Lopez Estrada and Zac Manuel as well as Andrew Morrow, the editor, were already on the red carpet. As Lil Nas X arrived at the venue, the organizers received the threat via phone call targeting the artist. Nas was then held inside for his safety.

The threat was first reported by Variety, however, Judy Lung, vice president, publication and communications for TIFF, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, would not confirm if the threat was directed at Nas or not.

“Earlier this evening, we were made aware by the Toronto Police Service of an investigation in the vicinity of the red carpet for the ‘Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero’ screening,” Lung said. “Our standard security measures remained in place during this time and the screening commenced with a slight delay. To our knowledge, this was a general threat and not directed at the film or the artist.”

The threat delayed the premiere by 20 minutes as security officers checked the venue before deeming that the bomb threat was not credible. The premiere pushed through at around 10:30 PM with Nas joining Estrada and Manuel on the red carpet.

‘Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero’ shows an intimate glimpse of the rapper’s first-ever global tour, with the artist’s reflection on his rise to fame and his journey through identity, family, and acceptance.

 

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