Megan Thee Stallion has obtained an outpouring of help from over a dozen public figures in response to the social media chatter sparked by Drake‘s “Her Loss” lyrics.
On Friday (November 11), the Southern Black Women & Girls’s Consortium launched an open letter signed by women and men together with “me too” Worldwide founder Tarana Burke, Tamika D. Mallory of Till Freedom, political pundit Angela Rye, journalist Mark Lamont Hill, Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The letter begins by acknowledging and celebrating all that Megan Thee Stallion has completed in her profession, earlier than addressing the numerous obstacles she’s confronted in her profession.
“You’re a particular sort of expertise and a particular sort of particular person; the place you maintain in your followers’ hearts is a testomony to that,” it reads. “As you’ve risen to the highest, you’ve additionally needed to endure a whole lot of obstacles alongside the best way.
“Within the face of triumph and tragedy alike, you at all times preserve your head held excessive, keep your poise, and push ahead,” the letter continues. “Nonetheless, whereas so many people have a good time you on your energy and perseverance, it have to be mentioned that you’ve got been handled in ways in which no younger lady–no particular person in any respect–needs to be handled.”
The open letter refers not directly to the 2020 incident for which Tory Lanez has been charged with capturing Megan Thee Stallion within the foot. It goes on to deal with the added trauma Megan has needed to endure on account of the general public scrutiny she’s confronted since altering her authentic account of the occasions surrounding her capturing to disclose Lanez’ involvement.
Megan Thee Stallion’s scenario can be used to attract a parallel to what ladies who’re survivors of home and sexual violence expertise across the nation; highlighting the truth that even her standing as a celebrity didn’t insulate Meg from these experiences.
“Violence towards ladies continues to be solely too frequent and acceptable in our world,” the letter reads. “We make excuse after excuse to elucidate away even probably the most heinous acts, particularly when the particular person accused is a celeb of any kind. Being a celeb, nevertheless, won’t assure a lady any sympathy when she is a sufferer.”
Whereas it doesn’t name Drake out particularly, the open letter closes with a refence to the headline-making punchline on “Circo Loco,” which followers took to indicate that Megan Thee Stallion lied about her capturing.
“This bitch lie about getting photographs, however she nonetheless she a stallion/ She don’t even get the joke, however she nonetheless smiling,” Drizzy raps on the tune, which samples Daft Punk’s “One Extra Time.”
“We salute you for the bravery it has taken to defend your self within the courtroom of public opinion, although you shouldn’t have had to take action in any respect,” the letter says in closing. “We elevate our voices towards those that have made mild of this heinous instance of violence towards ladies and can drown them out with our calls for for society to take what occurs to Black ladies critically. You aren’t alone. You might be believed, liked, and supported.”
Following the discharge of the letter, Marc Lamont Hill spoke to TMZ about his involvement with the letter and the pushback he drew after voicing his help for Megan Thee Stallion on-line.
“If one factor stunned me, it was how a lot anger there was from brothers who have been upset that I mentioned something about it in any respect,” Hill mentioned. “They have been really offended. And that to me was mindboggling.”
He identified that the difficulty at hand extends past Megan Thee Stallion’s current battle with Drake.
“I feel Hip Hop disensitizes us to misoginy,” Marc Lamont Hill presents. “I’ve heard greater than my share of misginy and sexism and patriachy; and I haven’t at all times been outraged by it. That’s not how we’re skilled to consider issues as males, as individuals on this society.”