March 20, 2023
Megan Thee Stallion receives letter of support from influential leaders condemning violence against women following alleged shooting of Tory Lanez

Megan Thee Stallion receives letter of support from influential leaders condemning violence against women following alleged shooting of Tory Lanez

By Becca Longmire.

An array of influential leaders stand behind Megan Thee Stallion.

A week after the 27-year-old rapper responded to Drake and 21 Savage apparently implying on their new album His loss that she lied about being shot by Tory Lanez, the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium has joined forces with several strong women to share their support for the rapper.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson, Tamika Mallory, Angela Rye, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and several others came together to write an open letter.

The piece expresses its support for Megan, speaking out against violence against women after she was allegedly shot in the foot by Lanez in July 2020. Lanez pleaded not guilty in court and she has received backlash online since the attack .

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The letter reads: “Dear Megan, you are larger than life in many ways; your name is in the lights, your face on the billboards, your songs in the history books… and your story is just the beginning.

“In a very short time, you’ve achieved success probably beyond your wildest dreams, and it seems like every day brings a new announcement about something amazing you’ve done or are about to do. Women around the world consider you an inspiration, in part because you make them feel good about themselves. You are a special talent and a special person; the place you hold in the hearts of your fans. is the proof.

“As you got to the top, you also had to overcome many obstacles along the way. In the face of triumph and tragedy, you always hold your head high, maintain your composure and move forward. However, while so many of us celebrate you for your strength and your perseverance, it must be said that you were treated in a way that no young woman – no person – should be treated, ”he continues.

The play continues: “It must be said that our culture has failed you, one of its brightest daughters. In July 2020, you suffered a first-rate violation from someone you consider a friend. Since then, you have had to endure public harassment and taunts not only from that person, but also from others who have chosen to stand by their side.

“Bloggers have been circulating rumors and enthusiastically reporting the most traumatic experience of your life as if it were juicy gossip, often perpetuating the idea that you have a reason to lie, that there is no reason to lie. You have always been clear about what happened to you, but instead of receiving widespread support, the people who should have supported you chose to stay out of the case.

The letter insists Megan “deserves none of this,” adding, “You deserve to be heard, to be believed, and most importantly, to be safe.”

The group continues, “No amount of power or prestige can stop a woman from being a victim of violence, and no level of achievement exempts women from our society’s complacency in the face of such violence.

“You can be a boss, the ‘hot girl coach’ and a true superstar, but that doesn’t mean you don’t feel pain. No one is too ‘bad’, too famous, too powerful to feel hurt. You’ve had to go through this deeply difficult experience in the public eye, and while you’ve managed to stay strong and continue to show up for work regardless, it can’t be underestimated how unfair it is that you’re in this position to begin with.

“Violence against women is still too common and acceptable in our world. We manufacture excuse after excuse to explain even the most heinous acts, especially when the accused person is a celebrity of some sort. Being a celebrity, however, won’t guarantee a woman all sympathy when she’s the victim.

“Black women are also often afraid of what will happen to their abuser if he chooses to seek justice – as you yourself were afraid to do – and left unprotected by the system and society. community. If someone as influential as you can be belittled and mocked as nothing but a liar for standing up for themselves, that says a lot about what a woman who doesn’t have your resources or fame can expect to endure when she finds herself in a similar situation. position.”

Stating some facts about violence against women, the letter continues: “It is estimated that one in three women worldwide have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence. Here in the United States, the numbers are higher for black women, who also experience psychological abuse – such as humiliation, name-calling and insults – at an increased rate.

“Women of all races, cis and trans, suffer daily and we are all too complacent. From day one, you’ve earned a choir of voices saying, “We believe you, Megan,” and while you may not have been able to hear us sooner, know that we’re with you now and every step of the way. way as you continue to heal from this tragedy. We are committed to making the world safer for you and all women, and one of the important steps we must take to achieve this is to ensure that women who have been victims of violence can speak about their experiences without be attacked or rejected.”

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The letter tells Megan how strong she has been, “but that’s not what we should demand or expect of you.” he states, “You deserve the space to grieve, grieve and heal as you see fit without having to worry about being judged for having a human reaction to a personal tragedy.”

The piece adds: “Even in the midst of your own traumatic experience and healing, you recognized that other girls needed to experience joy and partnered with the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium on the inaugural Joy Tour. Is Our Journey, which has touched thousands of girls across the South.. You have remained committed to the focus on mental health and wellness in our community, even when yours has been downplayed, marginalized and de-emphasized We want you to know that you are important and that you matter to us and to millions of women around the world. Your life matters. Your work matters. Your joy matters. You deserve joy. We are on your side.

He concludes: “We salute you for the bravery it took to defend you in the court of public opinion, even though you shouldn’t have had to at all. We raise our voices against those who have shed light on this heinous example of violence against women and we will drown them out with our demands that society take seriously what is happening to black women. You’re not alone. You are believed, loved and supported. We are with you Megan.

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, has been charged with assaulting Megan during the alleged shooting in the Hollywood Hills in July. He was charged with one count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, one count of carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle and personal use. of a firearm.

Lanez responded to the charges at the time by denying the charges in a tweet that read, “The truth will be revealed.”

The court case is ongoing and is expected to go to trial on November 28.

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