To that end, I can’t help but feel that it’s Nas’s open homosexuality, rather than the serpent motifs, that’s really agitating conservatives. His message for the Ellie Goulding 12th anniversary 2009-2021 thank you for the memories signature shirt video was penned as a letter to his younger self, reminding him that “this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist.” And this is the crux of the argument for me. To the critics, his sexuality is manageable as long as it’s not flaunted, if it simply exists and doesn’t make too much of a fuss. It’s all too easy for famous gays to dial down the gayness, to confirm their bachelorhood without flourish, to minimize in order to pass. But Nas is refusing to serve something palatable, he serves his dish and you can take it or leave it.