Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monoe and others address Roe v. Wade at the BET Awards

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Taraji P. Henson opened the 2022 BET Awards by addressing both the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and gun violence.

Henson first thanked opening performer Lizzo for pledging $1 million to Planned Parenthood before using the singer’s song titled “About Damn Time” to make a point.

“It’s high time we got into our power,” Henson said. “It is high time we talked about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America.

“A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life if she wishes,” Henson added.

This sentiment was on the minds of many women in the entertainment industry around the world. At the Glastonbury Music Festival in England this weekend, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish and several other performers blasted the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday, which struck down a woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy after nearly half a century.

At the BET Awards, singer and actress Janelle Monáe presented the night’s top prize, Best Female Artist/R&B, and praised black artists – women in particular.

“Owning our truth and expressing ourselves freely and shamelessly in a world that tries to control and control our bodies, my body and our decisions,” she said. “My decision. Fuck you, Supreme Court.

Jazmine Sullivan won the award and during her acceptance speech addressed men of the world.

“It’s a tough time right now for us. [women] and I want to speak directly to men,” Sullivan said. ” We need all of you. We need you all to defend us, support us. If you have ever benefited from a woman making one of the most difficult decisions of her life, which is to terminate a pregnancy, you should be with us.

“It’s not just a women’s issue,” she said. “It’s everyone’s business. And we need you more than ever.

A slide reading “Roe v Wade” was also included in the show’s “In Memoriam” segment.

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