Janelle Monae used the BET Awards to ship a robust message to the Supreme Court docket following the current resolution to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I’d like to offer a particular, particular shoutout to Black girls, to Black queer artists, to Black nonbinary artists,” stated Monáe, whereas presenting through the ceremony.
“These artists making artwork on our personal phrases, proudly owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to manage and police our our bodies, my physique, and our choices, my resolution.”
She continued, “F*** you, Supreme Court docket. I do know we’re celebrating us proper now, as we should always — we completely should have fun, particularly now. We should have fun our artwork by defending our proper and our truths.”
Host Taraji P. Henson additionally addressed the Supreme Court docket ruling throughout her opening statements following Lizzo’s efficiency.
“It’s about rattling time we discuss the truth that weapons have extra rights than a girl. It’s a tragic day in America,” she stated. “A weapon that may take lives has extra energy than a girl who may give life — if she chooses to.”