Megan Thee Stallion used her “Saturday Night Live” performance to call out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
According to CNN and Fox News, During her performance of her hit “Savage,” she used the stage to bring attention to Black men and women who she said needed love and protection. Megan and her dancers stood in front of a backdrop that said “protect Black women”. About halfway through her performance, the sound of gunshots rang out and Megan and her dancers paused as an audio recording of Malcolm X’s 1962 speech “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” played in the background. And it was Immediately followed by audio clips of activist Tamika Mallory criticizing Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron as being “no different than the sellout negroes who sold our people into slavery.”
The criticism for Cameron is in response to his handling of the Breonna Taylor case, in which a grand jury chose not to file murder charges against the police officers in Jefferson County, KY, for shooting and killing Taylor in raid of her home in March. The grand jury charged a single officer, Brett Hankinson for “wanton endangerment” for shooting into nearby neighbors’ apartments. Cameron, a Republican, is Kentucky’s first Black Attorney General.
According to the Washington Post, Cameron responded to the performance on Tuesday, suggesting that Megan Thee Stallion chose to attack him because he is a Black Republican, and she does not know the facts of the case.
Before finishing the song, Megan also spoke out herself, demanding the protection of Black men and women. “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 said. She continued on to say “We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men, because at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags of our Black men.”
Watch Megan Thee Stallions performance here.