Megan Thee Stallion has received an outpouring of support from more than a dozen public figures in response to the social media chatter sparked by Drake’s “Her Loss” lyrics.
On Friday (November 11), the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium released an open letter signed by men and women, including “me too” International founder Tarana Burke, Tamika D. Mallory of Until Freedom, political expert Angela Rye, journalist Mark Lamont Hill, Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The letter begins by acknowledging and celebrating all that Megan Thee Stallion has achieved in her career, before addressing the many obstacles she has faced in her career.
“You are a special kind of talent and a special kind of person; the place you hold in your fans’ hearts is proof of that,” it reads. “As you rose to the top, you also had to overcome many obstacles on the way.
“In the face of triumph and tragedy, you always hold your head high, keep your balance and push forward,” the letter continues. “However, while so many of us celebrate you for your strength and perseverance, it must be said that you were treated in ways that no young woman – no person at all – should be treated.”
The open letter indirectly refers to the 2020 incident for which Tory Lanez was accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. It goes on to address the additional trauma Megan has had to endure as a result of the public scrutiny she has faced since changing her original account of the events surrounding her shooting to reveal Lanez’s involvement.
Megan Thee Stallion’s situation is also used to draw a parallel with what women survivors of domestic and sexual violence experience across the country; highlighting the fact that even her status as a superstar did not insulate Meg from these experiences.
“Violence against women is still far too common and acceptable in our world,” the letter reads. “We make excuse after excuse to explain away even the most heinous acts, especially when the accused is a celebrity of any kind. However, being a celebrity will not guarantee a woman any sympathy when she is a victim.”
While not calling out Drake specifically, the open letter concludes with a reference to the headline punchline on “Circo Loco,” which fans took to imply that Megan Thee Stallion lied about her shooting.
“This bitch lies to get shots, but she’s still a stallion/ She don’t even get the joke, but she’s still smiling.” Drizzy raps on the song, which samples Daft Punk’s “One More Time.”
“We salute you for the bravery it took to defend yourself in the court of public opinion, even though you should not have done so at all,” the letter concludes. “We raise our voices against those who have made light of this horrific example of violence against women and will drown them with our demands for society to take seriously what is happening to black women. You are not alone. You are believed, loved and supported.”
After the release of the letter, Marc Lamont Hill spoke out TMZ about his involvement in the letter and the backlash he faced after voicing his support for Megan Thee Stallion online.
“If one thing surprised me, it was how much anger there was from brothers who were upset that I said anything about it at all,” Hill said. “They were actually angry. And it was amazing to me.”
He pointed out that the issue at hand extends beyond Megan Thee Stallion’s recent conflict with Drake.
“I think Hip Hop desensitizes us to misogyny,” Marc Lamont Hill offers. “I’ve heard more than my share of criminality and sexism and patriarchy; and I was not always indignant about it. That’s not how we’re trained to think about things as men, as human beings in this society.”