The premiere of Lil Nas X’s highly anticipated documentary, “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero,” was met with a delay at the Toronto International Film Festival due to a bomb threat. In a shocking turn of events, a homophobic caller made the threat, causing authorities to take necessary precautions.
The Saturday night premiere at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall was delayed for about 20 minutes while authorities investigated the credibility of the threat. Lil Nas X was kept off the red carpet during this time for his own safety. Thankfully, it was determined that the threat was not credible, allowing the premiere to proceed.
Judy Lung, vice president of public affairs and communications for TIFF, assured attendees that standard security measures were in place throughout the investigation, and the screening eventually commenced with a slight delay. Lung also made it clear that the threat was a general one and not directed specifically at the film or the artist.
“Long Live Montero” is directed by Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel. The documentary follows Lil Nas X on his eight-month tour, which began in September 2022 to promote his debut album, “Montero.” The film provides an inside look at the pop superstar’s journey through fame, creativity, and the responsibilities that come with it.
Despite the unfortunate delay caused by the bomb threat, Lil Nas X managed to make a memorable entrance on the red carpet after the all-clear was given. He even posed with some of his family members, as seen in a video he shared on his Instagram page.
“Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero” offers an immersive experience into the world of a groundbreaking artist and the fans who have supported him. The documentary captures the transformative power of Lil Nas X’s music and the impact he has had on concertgoers, especially as a Black, gay superstar. It also highlights the sense of unity and connection among his fans and the families who have been touched by his music.
Despite the bomb threat and the homophobic intent behind it, Lil Nas X’s resilience and determination shine through. The premiere of “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero” serves as a testament to his groundbreaking career and the positive impact he continues to make in the music industry.