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Lil Nas X documentary premiere delayed due to bomb threat

11 September 2023, 12:45 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Lil Nas X was set to premiere his documentary Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday evening.

Speaking to Variety, a spokesperson for Toronto Film Festival's security revealed that the event was delayed to to reports of a bomb threat.

“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," they said. “A passerby uttered a threat towards private security. Out of an abundance of caution, the Toronto Police and the private security swept the scene and cleared within 20 minutes. The threat was general and did not target any one person.”

TIFF security conducted a search of the venue, Roy Thomson Hall, and Lil Nas X's arrival was reportedly delayed for 20 minutes. He then joined co-directors Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel on the red carpet, once the area was deemed safe.

The threat specifically targeted the rapper for being a Black queer artist, one source said. Ahead of the premiere, Lil Nas X spoke to Variety about wanting to provide a platform to help the future experiences of black queer people.

“I know in my lifetime, while I’m here, I’m going to do my best to make the ceiling unreachable to where we can go as Black queer people. I mean unreachable as in, it can go above and beyond. I feel like we live in a generation where Black queer people really control culture, and they’re helping really take the world to the next level. And I think that’s going to have an effect on our youth watching us."

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero premiered at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released by Sony later this year.

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