Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, and Jazmine Sullivan discuss the Roe v. Wade decision on the BET Awards red carpet.


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After the United States Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case from 1973 that legalised abortion throughout the country, the stars of the BET Awards took use of their opportunity to criticise the court.

During the live event on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the first presenter of the evening, Janelle Monae, raised her middle finger from the stage. The ceremony was broadcast on television. According to the sources, the swear word was edited out of the broadcast, but the middle finger motion she made was seen.

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“A special shoutout goes out to Black women, Black queer artists, and Black nonbinary artists for their incredible work. In a society that attempts to control and police our bodies, including my body, and our choices, including my decision, these artists are creating work on their terms, owning their truths, and expressing themselves freely and without apology, “Monae remarked.

She went on to say, “I am aware that we are now celebrating ourselves, as we should, because we deserve to rejoice, particularly at this time. We must honour our art by defending our legal standing and what we know to be true.”

After Lizzo’s performance of “About Damn Time,” the host, Taraji P. Henson, made her opening speech at the beginning of the programme. She discussed the ruling handed down by the United States Supreme Court in it. Henson praised Lizzo for her statement on Friday that she will be contributing USD 500,000 to Planned Parenthood, with an extra donation of USD 500,000 being offered by Live Nation.

“I would want to express my gratitude to Lizzo for making a donation of one million dollars to Planned Parenthood. You are correct, and it is about darn time. It’s about time that we start using our power, darn it. It’s high time we talk about the reality that weapons have more rights than women. A gloomy day has come to the United States, “Henson stated.

“A weapon that can kill lives has more power than a woman,” the celebrity said, “since a woman can give life if she so chooses.”


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