WATCH: Megan Thee Stallion Uses Her ‘SNL’ Performance To Call For Justice For Breonna Taylor
Megan Thee Stallion hosted the 46 season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Oct. 3 along with comedian Chris Rock.
The rapper wore a zebra-print leotard and her long black hair hung loose during her performance of her hit single ‘Savage’ featuring Beyonce.
During her set, the rapper used her platform to make a political statement about the ongoing controversy of the ruling not to prosecute two police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor and more generally on the way black women and men are treated in America.
After she performed the majority of her hit song, a narrated voice quoted Malcom X in the background saying, “the most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the black women. 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?”
In late September, the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case chose not to charge the three officers involved in her killing. Only one Louisville police officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with first degree wanton endangerment but for shooting into the apartment belonging to Taylor’s neighbors.
“Wanton endangerment” is defined as “manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which created substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person,” according to the Kentucky statute.
She specifically called out Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s black attorney general, for condemnation.
Megan Thee Stallion continued her performance then paused again and addressed the audience about the importance of protecting both black men and women in America.
“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 of our black men,” said the rapper.
The rapper has been in the headlines recently when she was allegedly shot in the foot during a party she attended with Kylie Jenner and rapper, Tory Lanez in July.
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