Megan Thee Stallion was the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, and her powerful "protect Black women" message is still making waves on social media. The rapper started with a performance of her hit song "Savage," and in between verses, she gave new meaning to the title with a speech about systemic racism. This display included stylized set-pieces reading: "protect Black women."
Megan Thee Stallion's song cut out during her performance for audio clips of speeches by Malcolm X and activist Tamika Mallory, as the set back-lighting Megan and her dancers turned from white and black to red and black. In his decades-old soundbite, Malcolm X said: "the most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the Black woman," while Mallory's clip was a condemnation of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of the Breonna Taylor case. Megan herself then chimed in: "we need to protect our Black women, and love our Black women, because, at the end of the day, we need our Black women."
"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 about our Black men," she added, before launching back into the chorus of her song.
This performance was the highlight of the night for some SNL viewers who came to the show expecting timely political satire and commentary. Many spent hours dissecting the soundbites, the set other nuances of this rendition of "Savage." Here is a look at the response to Megan Thee Stallion's "protect Black women" performance on Saturday.
'At All Costs'
AT ALL COSTS. https://t.co/OKrEdJD2s6— Sareta Fontaine #✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@heysareta) October 4, 2020
Black women deserve this energy (*this level of courage*) from others yet they almost never get it from anybody but their own. An embarrassing fact about American life.— HU (@mrhu03) October 4, 2020
This was so important https://t.co/0xw3ZWywYZ— Tionah Lee or Tati (@holaitstati) October 4, 2020
Daniel Cameron has been called “skin folk but not kin folk” and compared to African slave traders by the left. https://t.co/DDSYBm4TEH— ADN (@GlassHill_) October 4, 2020
Woy... Megan Thee Stallion took a metaphorical 2x4 to Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron tonight during her performance on the #SNLPremiere 👀— Joy JUST VOTE & MASK UP!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) October 4, 2020
She's donated so much money to food pantries and local Houston covid affected relief as well as freely giving cash thru CashApp $500 at a time. So yeah.— Raytheon Huffingpaint (@bostonandbaby1) October 4, 2020