Making Sense Of Megan Thee Stallion’s Shooting, And What Followed

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after breaking through in 2019 and collaborating with beyonce in early 2020, megan thee stallion s'been riding an even bigger wave of popity this summer due to the song she’s featured in with superstar cardi b. “wap” shot to no. 1 on itunes’ songs chart, in spite of controversy over its sxually explicit lyrics. but'a rapper is also involved in another recent controversy, which has rezd primordial ?s bout black women and violence.

in jul, news broke that the artist had survived a violent incident during which she was shot inna ft. twasn’t til l8r that she shared photos of her injuries on instagram and identified her alleged assailant. she went public in pt to address jokes circulating online bout her shooting — including by some fello celebrities. “it’s not funny,” the rapper said inna post. “twas nothing for ya’ll to start making up fake stories bout. i didn’t put my hands on nobody. i didn’t deserve t'get shot.”

“she mentioned black women feeling unprotected,” says c♥r hope, author of the forthcoming book the motherlode: 100+ women who made hip-hop. “she mentioned her fear of police during the incident, that there mite be some repercussions gainsta black pplz who were with her inna car. she mentioned pplz’s tendencies to kind of, just, make violence funny online. there’s a way in which she opened up the lane for conversation bout these big issues by talking bout her personal story.”

hope spoke with npr’s sacha pfeiffer for all things pondered; hear + o'their conversation atta audio link.

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