Megan Thee Stallion writes about her life-changing year in a new op-ed for the New York Times, titled “Why I Speak For Black Women”. The play features Megan’s most sincere thoughts yet on being the victim of gun violence, calling out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron Saturday Night Liveand compared to other black female artists.
“I’m not afraid of criticism,” she wrote. “We live in a country where we have the freedom to criticize elected officials. And it is ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase ‘Protect black women’ is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings. And we are entitled to our anger on a long list of abuse and neglect that we suffer from. ”
Megan also sheds light on the role black women should play in the 2020 presidential election, escalating maternal mortality rates for black women, and accusations that she “dresses and plays for the male gaze” . She invokes the names of Serena Williams, Rosa Parks, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Senator Kamala Harris and others in hopes of “an era where black women in 2020 will no longer make history “for doing things that should have been done decades ago.”
One name that isn’t mentioned is Tory Lanez, says rapper Megan shot him in the foot at a pool party on July 12. (Lanez has been charged with two counts and faces a maximum jail term of 22 years and eight months if convicted.) However, Megan opens up about the impact of the incident on his life. “I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party I was shot twice as I walked away from him, ”she wrote, adding:“ We weren’t a couple. Truth be told, I was shocked that I ended up in this place. “
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Megan explains that she remained silent on the set to protect those around her. “The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears of discussing what happened were unfortunately justified,” she continues. “After thinking about this incident for a long time, I realized that violence against women is not always about being in a relationship. Instead, it happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them justify abuses against us when we choose to exercise our free will. ”
She also denounces the fact of being obsessive in relation to her collaborator “WAP” Cardi B and her partner “Hot Girl Summer” Nicki Minaj. Megan explains that “the male dominated ecosystem can only handle one female rapper at a time.” While she recognizes both Minaj and Cardi as “amazing performers and strong women,” Megan notes, “I’m not the ‘new’ anyone; we are all unique in our own way.
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Last month, Megan spoke to ELLE.com about her passion for advocacy following the Hot Girl Summer buyout in 2019. “With all the crazy things that have happened this year, it just started the fire in me to. be as active as possible in my community and in the world, ”she explained. “We’re all in the same boat and I just want to make sure I’m using my platform for positivity.”
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