Janelle Monae Holds Up Middle Finger

The stars at the BET Awards wasted no time in criticizing the Supreme Court after its decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Janelle Monáe, the first presenter of the night, put up a middle finger and said, “Fuck you, Supreme Court,” from the stage during the live ceremony.

“I’d like to give a special, special shoutout to Black women, to Black queer artists, to Black nonbinary artists,” Monáe said. 

She continued, “Fuck you, Supreme Court. I know we are celebrating us right now, as we should — we absolutely deserve to celebrate especially now. 

Jazmine Sullivan, the night’s first winner for best R&B/pop artist, also addressed the issue during her time on stage, although she didn’t directing mention the Supreme Court or abortion. 

Latto, winner for best new artist, said as part of her own acceptance speech, “It’s giving pro-choice. It’s never giving a man policing my body.”

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