Megan Thee Stallion has said speaking out about being allegedly shot by Tory Lanez and calling for black women to be protected shouldn’t have ‘triggered’ so many.
Discussing the issue on The Nadeska Show on Apple Music 1 on Friday, the rapper, 25, called out the negative reaction she received in the wake of her New York Times op ed, which was published in October.
Megan claimed her call to ‘Protect black women’ shouldn’t be seen as controversial, as she said: ‘If I’m going through something, I should be able to voice what I feel without it offending somebody else.
‘Saying protect black women shouldn’t have triggered so many men’: Megan Thee Stallion discussed the reaction to speaking out about the alleged Tory Lanez shooting on Friday
‘Like, me saying protect black women, I shouldn’t have triggered so many men or it shouldn’t have triggered… It shouldn’t have triggered anybody. It should be like, “Yeah, you’re right. You do need to protect our Black women.”
‘Like, I wasn’t saying that to start a fight or to cause conflict, and that shouldn’t have been a thing that made people raise their eyebrows in a negative way. Like, particularly Black women, I said what I said.’
Despite receiving some negative reaction, Megan said she made her grandmother and close friends ‘very proud’ for calling for the public to protect black women.
‘All the women that were around me were just super proud,’ she explained. ‘It just felt like something that I needed to do.
Accusation: Megan alleges she was shot twice in the foot by rapper Tory in the summer at a house party in the Hollywood Hills, charges he plead not guilty to at a hearing on Wednesday
‘Sometimes when you go through something, it helps you be able to speak about it better. And this year was a year for me where I felt like I wasn’t super protected.
‘So it was like, you know what? I can’t be the only woman of colour that feels this way.
‘So I definitely wanted to put a piece out so other women can feel empowered by what I’m saying and other women could feel like, okay, it’s not just me, like, you’re not tripping, you’re not angry, like, (laughs).
‘Girl, we all need to heal. We all need somebody to have a voice that speaks for all of us because when women come together, we just get so powerful… it makes people scared. It gets them shaking.’
Candid: Megan told presenter Nadeska her call to ‘Protect black women’ shouldn’t be seen as controversial, as: ‘I should be able to voice what I feel without it offending somebody else’
Megan alleges she was shot twice in the foot by rapper Tory this past summer while leaving a house party in the Hollywood Hills, charges he plead not guilty to at a hearing on Wednesday.
Megan initially declined to name the shooter, but eventually came forward with his name more than a month after the incident.
Lanez was charged in October with two felonies – assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
Megan was leaving a car she was sharing with Lanez and a friend when the shooting occured.
Negative reaction: Megan hit out at critics, saying ‘I shouldn’t have triggered so many men… It should be like, “Yeah, you’re right. You do need to protect our black women”‘
The rapper had second thoughts about getting in the car in the first place, and attempted to leave, but returned inside even though there was an argument brewing, she told GQ.
Megan also claimed in her interview Tory offered both her and her friend money in order to stay silent; his lawyer denied the allegations.
‘[At this point] I’m really scared,’ the rapper told GQ, ‘because this is like right in the middle of all the protesting. Police are just killing everybody for no reason, and I’m thinking, “I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.”‘
Accusation: Megan initially declined to name the shooter, but eventually came forward with Tory’s name more than a month after the incident (pictured in October, 2019)
In her interview on Apple Music 1, Megan also went on to discuss her collaboration with Beyonce on the song Savage, saying it was the ‘highlight’ of her career.
She gushed: ‘I couldn’t believe it, my eyes got so big. Because I had a feeling she was gonna do it, and they told me she wanted to do it, and I was like, shut up, like, Beyonce wanna get on my song?
‘Like, and that is something that I always say. Like every time somebody will ask me who’s your dream collab? Who do you wanna collab with? I’m like, Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce.
Support: Despite receiving some negative reaction, Megan said she made her grandmother and close friends ‘very proud’ for calling for others to protect black women
‘So when it finally happened I called my grandma I was crying. She was like, “What’s wrong?” I said, “I got a song with Beyonce.”… That was one of my favourite moments of 2020.’
Going on to talk about her hit single WAP with Cardi B, she said she couldn’t believe the reaction and how it helped women own their sexuality.
Megan explained: ‘I feel like it made a lot of women not be shy. You could sing these words and really feel liberated.
‘Like, you could really own your own sexuality because a lot of the times, I feel like men think that sex is just about them, or that sex is just for them.
‘This is my vagina, like, I could sing about it if I want to… We didn’t know that this song was gonna do none of this.
‘Like, we didn’t know that it was gonna p**s people off. We didn’t know the republicans was gonna be p***ed off.
‘I was like, “Damn, y’all ain’t trying to win some right now? Like, why y’all even worried about WAP?” (laughs). But like, I don’t know.’
Tune in to hear the full interview on Nadeska on Friday at 3pm on Apple Music 1.
Honest: Of her New York Times op ed, she said she ‘wanted to put a piece out so other women can feel empowered by what I’m saying and other women could feel like, okay, it’s not just me’