Megan Thee Stallion Wounded While Promoting A New Single Shouldn’t be A Topic
Social media was quick to give their thoughts about Megan thee Stallion shooting when they saw Megan Pete moving on with her life. As shocking as the incident was, does Megan really need to remind herself of what happened while she is trying to push her next big move. According to writer Jaelani Turner-Williams, Megan Thee Stallion should not have to relive her incident while promoting her album.
Nevertheless Megan found herself defending rumors claiming she falsified the situation as if people were wanting to see her crumble as opposed to picking up her shattered moment and piecing it back together. “I suffered gunshot wounds as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me,” she wrote. A month later, after repeated pressure on social media, Megan finally confirmed what had long been rumored: “Yes, this n—a Tory shot me,” she said on Instagram Live, referring to Tory Lanez by name as her attacker. In July, Lanez was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon in the vehicle.
Through out her career Megan Thee Stallions life has been taking her on emotional rollercoasters. From the outcome of her shooting Megan found herself to Twitter on July 17, tweeting on the criticism about the domestic assault though she wasn’t at fault, much like many Black women who endure the same vindication. Pete was also the recklessly used in a joke by actress, and socialite Draya Michele, who joked about Megan’s shooting on the Wine and Weed podcast, Megan announced that she would discuss the incident at length when she was emotionally ready. A seemingly relieved and diamond-flanked Megan appeared on a surprise Instagram Live on July 27, but she held back tears, feeling as though she was unprepared to accelerate into becoming a household name following the loss of her mother and grandmother in 2019. Megan also referenced her late father, who died when she was 15 years old. When can Meg catch a break?
“It’s nothing to joke about. It was nothing for y’all to start making up fake stories about. I didn’t put my hands on nobody. I didn’t deserve to get shot. I didn’t do shit,” Megan said, withholding her attacker’s name. Megan also admitted to losing control while intermingling with new industry crowds to escape the despair of her loss, but fans suspected that this wasn’t the last they would hear about the shooting, as Megan shared pictures of her foot, the wound stitched, on Instagram a month later.
The next big ridicule Meg faced was still pushing forward with her career after all of this drama. Jaelani Turner-Williams explained that while Megan Pete was promoting her salacious “WAP” collaboration with Cardi B — which has spent its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — and surprising her Hotties with #WAPParty giveaways through CashApp, on August 20, Megan cryptically tweeted that she would “quit sparing” someone who she alleged was lying about her. Instead of being able to celebrate her new single, Megan was forced to relive her trauma through social media accusations. Feeling provoked, Megan returned to Instagram Live to reveal Lanez as the shooter, confirming what fans had originally speculated. To protect her assailant, however, Megan initially stayed mum even as she was hospitalized, voicing that her growing paranoia came from not wanting Lanez to be shot by law enforcement at the scene, especially as Black Lives Matter uprisings continue worldwide.
“I tried to save this n—a. Even though he shot me, I tried to spare him, and y’all motherfuckers not sparing me — that’s crazy,” she said. “I didn’t have to spare nobody but I did, and I’m done.”
Aside from being hospitalized, Megan encountered both the misogynies of being expected to protect someone who nearly killed her and harmful comments that objectified her physique to justify the attack. Since the shooting, Megan has endured the brunt of viral jokes and memes, even from celebrities such as 50 Cent and Michele. In opposition, Megan received a rush of support from Lizzo, Rihanna, and her “Savage Remix” collaborator Beyoncé, who sent Megan a bouquet of white flowers.
With ongoing opinions about hoe Megan should react after being shot, it questions rather society really wants to see a dominant woman overcome her obstacles. Megan has received a mix of reviews by media and the music industry. But at what point do we move on from the shooting and focus on her entirety of music?