On Saturday night, Megan Thee Stallion was the first musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and she used her time on the show to speak up about violence against Black women. When the lights went up on the stage for Megan’s performance of “Savage,” the words “Protect Black Women” showed up behind her.
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Her performance also featured quotes from activist Tamika Mallory and Malcom X. In the middle of the song, we hear Mallory calling out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, for his handling of the Breonna Taylor shooting: “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sell-out negroes who sold our people into slavery.” We also see the quotes behind Megan.
Earlier this year, Megan was also a victim of gun violence. In July, she spoke out against a false report that she had been arrested. She wrote on her Instagram: “The narrative that is being reported about Sunday’s morning events are inaccurate and I’d like to set the record straight. On Sunday morning, I suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me. I was never arrested, the police officers drove me to the hospital where I underwent surgery to remove the bullets. I’m incredibly grateful to be alive and that I’m expected to make a full recovery, but it was important for me to clarify the details about this traumatic night. I’m currently focused on my recovery, so I can return back to my life and back to making music as soon as possible.” She added: “I was never arrested. This whole experience was an eye opener and a blessing in disguise. I hate that it took this experience for me to learn how to protect my energy.”She also tweeted: “Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own. It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.”
Megan claimed that rapper Tory Lanez was the gunman who shot her in the foot at a pool party on July 12.
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame.
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