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    Megan Thee Stallion Made A Powerful Statement During Her "SNL" Performance And Everyone Should Take Notes

    "Protect Black women!"

    Yesterday, Saturday Night Live premiered its 46th (!) season, with Chris Rock as host and Megan Thee Stallion as the musical guest.

    Megan Thee Stallion and Chris Rock wearing masks
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    The episode was noteworthy for many reasons — for one thing, it was filmed with a live studio audience, whereas last season was partially filmed virtually due to the coronavirus. New precautionary measures were taken in-studio to make sure everyone was safe!

    People in a car getting an "SNL" bag from someone wearing a mask
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    Then, Jim Carrey made his debut as Joe Biden, alongside Alec Baldwin and Maya Rudolph who reprised their roles as President Donald Trump and Kamala Harris.

    Maya Rudolph and Jim Carrey dressed as Kamala Harris and Joe Biden
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    But for me, the standout moment came from Megan Thee Stallion.

    Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2019 Variety's Hitmakers Brunch at Soho House
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    The rapper performed her hit song, "Savage," but remixed it, so to speak, with a powerful political message.

    Megan Thee Stallion sitting on a stage with a mic in her hand
    Will Heath / NBC

    Halfway through the song, the music stopped and was replaced with the sound of gunfire, along with bullet holes projected onto the screen.

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    "The most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the Black woman," an audio clip of Malcolm X's famous 1962 speech played in the background. "Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair, the color of your skin, the shape of your nose? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?"

    Megan Thee Stallion and dancers on a stage with "The most disrespected" written on a screen behind them
    NBC

    Then — with an audio clip of Black Lives Matter activist Tamika Mallory — the 25-year-old called out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron: "Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout negroes that sold our people into slavery," Tamika's words rang out.

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    Daniel Cameron has been criticized for his handling of the Breonna Taylor case after a grand jury decided not to charge any police officers for her death.

    "We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women," Megan said, now using her own words. "Because 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 about our Black men."

    Megan and her dancers performing in front of a screen that says "Protect Black women"
    NBC

    People praised the singer for using her platform to advocate for Black women, and calling out the inequality and racial injustice in the United States.

    Good use of your platform @theestallion on @nbcsnl #ProtectBlackWomen #savage

    megan thee stallion literally using her platform to speak about blm EXACTLY QUEEN

    A memorable performance, indeed. You can watch the full thing below:

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