‘Guns Have More Rights Than Women,’ Says Taraji P. Henson; Janelle Monae Shouts ‘F— You Supreme Court’ at BET Awards
Taraji P. Henson took a moment to be serious in her otherwise upbeat introduction to Sunday night's BET Awards, delivering the first of three consecutive slams in the Supreme Court decision last week, Roe v. to fall Wade.
Starting off lightly, she joked with the crowd, "You look successful... expensive... you look like you can afford these gas prices," she laughed after taking the stage for Ikino's song "The Kong's Affirmation."
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But after saying "Black men, we love you, we hear you," she called out show opener Lizzo for her outstanding performance of "About That Time" — and then for the $1 million donation to Planned Parenthood (which she actually did). partnership with Live Nation).
"It's about time we step into our power... It's about time we talk about guns having more rights than a woman. It's a sad day in America. A weapon that can take life has more power than a woman that can give life - IF she chooses to."
The theme continued with the next presenter as Janelle Monae wished the audience a happy Pride Day and proclaimed LGBTQ representation.
"I want to give a special, special shout out to black women, black queer artists, and black non-binary artists," she said. "These artists make art on our own terms, own our truths, and express ourselves freely and without apology in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body, and our choices, my choices."
She then exclaimed, "Fuck you, Supreme Court," holding up a protruding middle finger; the expletive sounded, but her hand gesture wasn't a blur. "I know we're celebrating right now as we should - we absolutely deserve to celebrate especially now. We must celebrate our art by protecting our rights and truths.”
She then introduced the nominees for Best R&B Pop Artist — and the winner, Jazmine Sullivan, continued by saying as part of her acceptance speech.
"As always, I do this for the women — especially my sisters," she said. "It's a tough time for us right now, and I want to address the men directly: we need you all. We need you all to stand up. Stand up for us, stand up with us.
"If you've ever benefited from a woman making one of the most difficult decisions of her life, which is to have an abortion, you have to stand with us," she continued. : This is not just a women's issue. This is everyone's business and we need your support more than ever - okay guys? do you have us Because we have you all.”
For the first half hour of the show, almost every woman who took the stage had her say on the subject: Best New Artist winner, Latto, said in her acceptance speech, "It's about making a choice... it's about never give in to a man watching over me body."
The BET Awards will be streamed live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The updated list of winners can be found here.
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