At Sunday night’s BET Awards, the stars wasted no time in defending abortion rights in the wake of Roe v. Supreme Court Wade.
Taraji P. Henson, host of this year’s festivities, kicked off culture’s biggest night with a powerful statement on women’s rights and gun violence. “It’s high time we talked about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America,” she said during her opening monologue. “A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life, if she wishes.”
“F*ck the Supreme Court.”
Janelle Monáe followed Henson’s lead, also evoking SCOTUS’ decision when presenting the nominees for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. “To queer black artists, to non-binary black artists, those artists who make art on our own terms, own our truths and express themselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and control our bodies, my bodies, our decisions, and my decisions,” they said, saluting all artists in the industry.
“F*ck the Supreme Court,” Monáe added. “I know we are celebrating each other right now, as we should. We absolutely deserve to celebrate. Especially now, we need to celebrate our art by protecting our rights and our truths.”
For more information on how you can support the fight to protect abortion rights in America, you can donate to abortion funds in states that may restrict abortions. You can also get involved in organizations such as Vote for Save America’s Adopt a State Program and follow advocacy groups on social media.
Ahead, find out how other celebrities voiced their support for abortion rights at the 2022 BET Awards.