Megan Thee Stallion used her recent live performance during NBC’s Saturday Night Live to speak out on the grand jury ruling on the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
The Houston rapper kicked off the first part of her performance with the Beyoncé-assisted remix of her hit song, “Savage.” As Bey wasn’t present, Meg performed the rendition solo, accompanied by a troupe of dancers sporting bright red wigs. They danced in front of a striking backdrop with the words “Protect Black Women” written across it.
Midway, the song came to a halt and Meg and her dancers paused as the sound of gunshots rang. The silence was followed by an excerpt from Malcolm X’s 1962 speech, in which he said, “The most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the Black woman.”
It was then followed by another soundbite from activist Tamika Mallory, who condemned Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron’s handling of the Breonna Taylor case. During the hearing earlier this month, Cameron had agreed not to directly charge any of the police officers involved in Taylor’s killing, saying that their actions were “justified,” per NPR. “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout N*groes that sold our people into slavery,” Mallory said in the clip.
Meg wrapped up the song by sharing her own statement: “We need to protect our Black women. And love our Black women ’cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women.”
She later returned to perform her second song for the night, her latest single “Don’t Stop” featuring Young Thug. Both rappers wore matching red outfits, with Thugger flaunting a luxurious, studded leather jacket. “Don’t stop, pop that cat / Mmm, mmm, just like that,” Meg purred on the chorus.
Following the SNL broadcast, Cameron seemingly responded to Meg’s performance on social media, saying that it was his responsibility to speak “the truth and facts.” “There were a lot of people, inside and outside, a lot of celebrities, a lot of folks that either misrepresented the facts because it was to their advantage or didn’t know all the information. They made conclusions first and then wanted to cherry-pick the facts to meet those conclusions,” he tweeted.
Watch Meg’s SNL performances below.
“Don’t Stop” featuring Young Thug: