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Celebrities Slam Abortion Ruling on the Stage of the BET Awards

On the BET Awards stage, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Jazmine Sullivan criticised the recent Supreme Court decision to remove women’s constitutional protection for abortion.

Henson addressed the stage as the show’s host on Sunday with an upbeat message about “Black excellence” before discussing the court’s decision to reverse the landmark Roe v. Wade verdict last week. After Lizzo performed her hit “About Damn Time” as the show’s opener, the actor took the stage.

“A woman who can give life if she so chooses has greater power than a weapon that can take lives.”

Janelle Monae pointed her pointer finger in the direction of the Supreme Court before announcing the nominations for best female R&B/pop performer. Standing ovations followed her remarks at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“It’s high time we discussed the fact that firearms have greater rights than women. It’s a terrible day in America,” remarked Henson as he thanked Lizzo and Live Nation for their recent $1 million donations to Planned Parenthood from tour revenues.


“A weapon that can take lives has greater power than a woman who, if she chooses, can give life.”

Before introducing the nominees for best female R&B/pop artist, Janelle Monae raised her index finger to the Supreme Court. Her speech at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was met with a standing ovation.

The singer also paid tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. “(explicit) you Supreme Court. I am aware that we are honouring ourselves as we should at this time. We have every right to celebrate, and we should celebrate our art in particular by defending our rights and truths.”

Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Jazmine Sullivan all spoke out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that eliminated women’s constitutional protection for abortion on the BET Awards stage.

As the show’s host on Sunday, Henson addressed the audience with a positive message about “Black excellence” before lamenting the court’s decision to overturn the significant Roe v. Wade ruling last week. The actor entered the stage after Lizzo opened the event with her smash song “About Damn Time.”

“We need to talk about the fact that women don’t have the same rights as weapons. In America, today is a terrible day “Henson congratulated Lizzo and Live Nation for their recent $1 million tour income donation to Planned Parenthood.

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After introducing Sullivan as the category’s winner, Monae urged men to support women.

Sullivan stated, “It’s a difficult time for us.” “I’d like to address the males directly: We need you. We require you to stand, to stand for us, and to stand with us.

If you have ever benefited from a woman making one of the most difficult decisions of her life, terminating a pregnancy, you must stand up.

This is not a woman-only issue. This is everyone’s problem. We need your help more than ever before.”

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