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Megan Thee Stallion Performs Politically Charged Set On SNL

Megan Thee Stallion Performs Politically Charged Set On SNL
Orin Fleurmont / NME

Megan Thee Stallion called out Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron for his handling of the Breonna Taylor case.

Saturday Night Live returned last weekend amidst a wild news week with political tensions at an all-time high. Comedian Chris Rock hosted the season premiere. While many of the night’s jokes did not land, Megan Thee Stallion poignant performance of her No. 1 hit “Savage” certainly did. Check it out below.

Performing in front of animated text that said “PROTECT BLACK WOMEN,” Megan danced and rapped her way through “Savage” before providing the audience a reminder of the racial injustice that plagues the country. First she played audio from Malcolm X (“Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?”) and activist Tamika Mallory (“Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout n*****s that sold our people into slavery”), before delivering her own message on inequality.

“We need to protect our Black women. And love our Black women,” she said. “Cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women. We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men because at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags of our Black men.”

During her second performance, and dressed in all-red leather, she performed her new single “Don’t Stop.” Young Thug slithered on stage as well, also dressed in all-red leather, to rap his verse.

Megan was also featured in several sketches during the show, including a riff on the NBA bubble and a comedic music video complaining about not being able to see behind people’s face masks.

TIME Magazine recently added Megan to their annual 100 Most Influential People list, and was nominated for Top Rap Female Artist at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.

Next week Justin Bieber will take the SNL stage, with Bill Burr taking over hosting duties.

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