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Megan Thee Stallion had her debut on SNL, making her stand out as she nailed all aspects of th SNL repertoire from comedic appearances to her musical performances. She took the opportunity to include powerful commentary, projecting “Protect Black Women” in the background of her “Savage (Remix)” performance. During the middle of her performance, the stage went dark, punctuated by gunshots. A clip of Malcolm X’s 1962 “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” speech was played, which was lightly condensed from the original speech.
“The most disrespected, unprotected, and neglected person in America is the Black woman,” he says. “Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair, the color of your skin, the shape of your nose? Who taught you to hate yourself, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?”
The clip then cuts to activist Tamika Mallory’s criticism of A.G Cameron. Kentucky’s first Black attorney general had announced on September 23 that just one of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing would face charges. These charges had nothing to do with her death as it seems Cameron’s office may only have presented the grand jury with the option to charge Breonna Taylor’s killer at limited capacity. The non-indictment prompted widespread protest nationwide and criticism of Cameron specifically. In the clip that Megan Thee Stallion included played, Mallory saying “ Daniel Cameron is no different than the sell-out negroes who sold our people into slavery.” The fight to get Breonna Taylor justice and get her killers in prison continues.
Megan Thee Stallion also shared her own statement during her performance. “We need to protect our Black women, and love our Black women, 'cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women. We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men, ‘cause at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags about Black men.” At the end of the day, Black women are left underrepresented in the fight for Black Lives Matter.
Megan, being a victim of violence herself, had announced in July that she had suffered gunshot wounds from a crime committed against her, intending to physically harm her. She confirmed that rapper Tory Lanez was the one that shot her. Megan became the target for a load of nasty jokes about the incident. She also disclosed that she didn’t tell cops what had happened, explaining she thought the LAPD was aggressive and feared for her own life as she was with Lanez, a Black man, with a gun in the car at the time of the incident. With everything going on with the police, she feared for her life. “Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own,” she tweeted at the time.
This performance carried the SNL show as it gave a powerful message and served as a reminder that the fight for Black Lives Matter is not over. The performance should serve as a reminder that many artists have huge platforms to carry on such an important message. Black musicians and artists should not be the only ones talking about protecting Black women and men.
Megan Thee Stallion also performed her latest single “Don’t Stop (feat. Young Thug)” on SNL. Check it out below!