This the 11th of November (November 11) The Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium published the first unsigned letter that was signed by both women and men, comprising “me too” International founder Tarana Burke, Tamika D. Mallory of Until Freedom, political pundit Angela Rye, journalist Mark Lamont Hill, Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The letter begins by recognizing and celebrating the many accomplishments Megan Thee Stallion has accomplished in her professional career and then addresses the numerous challenges she’s encountered throughout her career.
“You’re a special kind of talent and a special kind of person; the place you hold in your fans’ hearts is a testament to that,” it says. “As you’ve made it to an apex, but you’ve been through a variety of challenges in the process.
“In the face of triumph and tragedy alike, you always keep your head held high, maintain your poise, and push forward,” the letter continues. “However, while so many of us celebrate you for your strength and perseverance, it must be said that you have been treated in ways that no young woman-no person at all-should be treated.”
The open letter indirectly refers to the incident in 2020 for the reason that Tory Lanez has been accused of having shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. The letter also addresses the additional stress Megan endured due to the media scrutiny she’s endured after she changed her story of what transpired in the aftermath of her shooting in order to disclose Lanez his involvement.
Megan Thee Stallion’s case can also be used to draw an analogy to the women who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence face across the nation and to highlight the fact that her status as a star didn’t shield Meg from the aforementioned experiences.
“Violence against women is still entirely too common and acceptable in our world,” the letter states. “We find excuse after excuse to excuse even the most horrific actions, particularly when the victim is a famous person or any other kind. Being famous However, it does not provide a woman with any kind of sympathy in the event of being a victim.”
Although it doesn’t make a case for calling Drake out in any specific way however, the open letter ends with a rebuttal to the headline-making line of “Circo Loco,” which people believed implied it was a lie that Megan Thee Stallion lied about her shooting.
“This bitch lie about getting shots, but she still she a stallion/ She don’t even get the joke, but she still smiling,” Drizzy performs the track in a rap that is a sample of Daft Punk’s “One More Time.”
“We salute you for the bravery it has taken to defend yourself in the court of public opinion, though you shouldn’t have had to do so at all,” the letter reads in its conclusion. “We are voicing our displeasure at those who are making light of this horrific instance of women being abused and will overpower them by urging society to be able to take the situation of Black females seriously. There is no need to be alone. You are loved, believed in and supported.”
After the publication of the letter Marc Lamont Hill spoke to the media outlet TMZabout the involvement in the letter and the backlash the letter prompted him to express the support of Megan Thee Stallion online.
“If one thing surprised me, it was how much anger there was from brothers who were upset that I said anything about it at all,” Hill stated. “They were actually furious. For me, that was quite mind-boggling.”
He also pointed out that the problem goes over Megan Thee Stallion’s latest dispute with Drake.
“I think Hip Hop disensitizes us to misoginy,” Marc Lamont Hill offers. “I have had my fair share of sexism, misoginy, and patriachy. I’m not always outraged by it. It’s not the way we’re trained to see things as males and as citizens of our society.”