Willow Smith Was Shocked by the Backlash Megan Thee Stallion Received When She Got Shot
It’s been a challenging year for everyone. However, rapper Megan Thee Stallion was thrust into the spotlight in a way that she never expected. The ‘Hot Girl Summer” rapper had struck up a friendship with Canadian rapper Tory Lanez amid quarantine, and the pair were often seen laughing and partying on Instagram Live.
However, their friendship crumbled in July 2020 when Lanez was arrested, and Megan was taken to the hospital with bullet wounds in her foot. The Houston native remained quiet about the terrifying incident for some time until she revealed that it was Lanez who’d shot her following a disagreement.
Now, singer Willow Smith is coming forward to speak about how horrified she was about the backlash Megan received following a crime that was committed against her.
Megan Thee Stallion says Tory Lanez shot her
Following weeks of silence and following tons of lies and rumors that were spread, Megan got on Instagram Live to share that Lanez was, in fact the person who shot her.
“Yes…Tory shot me,” she alleged. “You shot me. and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs, lying and s–t…stop lying. I was just trying to get home, we was five minutes away from my spot. The police come, I’m scared.” Megan even revealed why she originally remained silent and did not report Lanez to the police. She explained,
Even though he shot me, I tried to spare him [at the time]. I go through so much s–t on a daily basis anyways….[Tory’s] not in jail because I didn’t tell the [police] what happened, and I should have. I’m smart. I didn’t have to spare [Tory]. But I did. And I’m done. Stop acting like Black women is the motherf–king problem, stop acting like Black women is aggressive…stop spreading lies…you shot me, you scared to come tell everybody that you f–king shot me.
Many people did not believe Megan Thee Stallion and rushed to Tory Lanez defense
Despite Megan speaking her truth, many people tried to call her a liar and dismiss her claims. Thankfully, fans and people like Lizzo, Cardi B, and Beyoncé rushed to anchor Megan and stood with her.
The “Captain Hook” rapper even wrote a powerful Op-Ed for The New York Times about violence against Black women. “Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life,” she wrote. “I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.”
Since then Lanez, whose given name is Daystar Peterson has been charged with “one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm – personal use of a firearm – and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The defendant also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.” He faces a maximum of 22 years in prison.
Willow Smith says she was shocked by the backlash Megan Thee Stallion received
Seeing all of the backlash against Megan and not Lanez truly horrified Willow Smith. “It was really jarring to me because it was almost like we don’t even take care of our own,” she said on Red Table Talk via Hollywood Life.
The singer’s mother, Jada Pinkett Smith was also equally horrified. The Matrix actor said,
A disturbing reaction unfolded. Women came out in full force, publicly mocking and criticizing and doubting Meg. Meg clapped back at the hurtful gossip, urging women to check themselves before being nasty to other women. It got us all really thinking how we as Black women treat one another and the roots of this toxic mean girl culture.
Toxic masculinity, sexism, and patriarchal ideals can negatively affect everyone.