Saturday Night Live and their comedians are no stranger to pushing the limits of jokes and sketches, but during the first episode of the 46th season it was a musician guest that had everyone talking. Megan thee Stallion used her performance of her popular song, “Savage” to send one critical and important message: Protect Black Women. Which was actually written into the screen behind her throughout the whole performance, only to be replaced by an even more meaningful message. The sound of gunshots interrupted these two lines of communication to the audience. Which surely grasped the attention of viewers all around the country.
The message that succeeded:
According to NPR, “The dramatic pause included a recording of Malcolm X, speaking in 1962, in which he says, “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected, neglected person in America is the black woman. Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair, the color of your skin, the shape of your nose? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?”
This was followed by, “activist Tamika Mallory, speaking …”Daniel Cameron is no different than the sell-out negroes who sold our people into slavery,”” as reported by NPR.
Megan followed behind this audio and spoke directly to the viewers. Urging people to love and support black women and men before returning to the lyrics of “Savage.”
In light of the killing of Breonna Taylor by police back in March of 2020, Megan Thee Stallion’s performance spoke volumes about the injustices of police brutality toward the black community. Whether it be the audio she chose to incorporate or the words she spoke herself. As for Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s Attorney General, the way in which he dealt with the Breonna Taylor’s case sparked outrage. So, her inclusion of his name was personal and meant to be heard.
Megan Thee Stallion used her platform to speak out against the lack of justice that Breonna Taylor’s case received. And it’s safe to say that it was received by the audience and now all those catching clips, and articles online. Days have passed, and her message is still sparking conversation and remains viral on the internet. The power of her platform reigned true this past weekend, and hopefully continues to do so in the future.