Janelle Monáe has spoken out about the Megan Thee Stallion shooting incident, saying that watching the rapper defend herself made her “sick to my stomach”.
On Monday’s episode of the podcast, Jemele Hill is Unbothered, Monáe discussed the shooting incident, in which Megan was allegedly shot by Canadian rapper Tory Lanez as she tried to exit a car following a disagreement.
“I think what I try to do is come from a place of love, but love is not exempt of accountability,” the singer and Antebellum actress said while discussing a lack of support when it comes to believing women and holding men accountable.
“Just because you hold somebody accountable, don’t mean that you don’t love them,” she explained. “That that is the biggest form of love because that’s saying, ‘Listen, we can be better than that. I want you to be better than that.'”
Monáe continued, “And I, like you, I’m sick to my stomach around the victim-blaming that that was going on around Meg the Stallion, and she is strong. But she should not have to go through that. She should not have to prove to people who thought that she was lying, that she wasn’t lying.”
Megan Thee Stallion revealed she was shot in both feet on July 12 “as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me,” she in an Instagram post following the shooting.
But rather than offer support, many instead chose to make light of the serious situation, with Meg becoming the target of distasteful memes that mocked her traumatic experience.
It soon prompted the ‘WAP’ rapper to hit back at trolls, posting to Twitter that “Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own.”
Monáe went on to explain that anyone who benefits the patriarchal system in the US should speak up and become “[accomplices] to Black women.”
“Violence under any kind should be condemned,” she declared.
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“It’s not a gender issue. It needs to be condemned. And I think that when you, when we’re talking about Black women, though, we are disproportionately affected by it,” the 34-year-old continued.
“So my thing is to say in the same way that we ask white people to like to abolish systemic racism and oppression … If you benefit from this white patriarchal system in a way that we don’t, I’m asking you to have conversations with more men about how you can be better supportive, how you can show up better for Black women and other folks who may not be as privileged as you are in this world.”