December 4, 2022

Stars on the BET Awards on Sunday used their platforms to make statements concerning the Excellent Court docket’s choice to overturn landmark abortion rights choice Roe v. Wade

The award display’s host, Taraji P. Henson, greeted the target audience after Lizzo opened the display with a efficiency. “That is the way you get started a display. All this frame positivity up in right here. And in addition thanks, Lizzo, for pledging $1 million to Deliberate Parenthood,” Henson mentioned. 

“And you might be rattling proper, ‘It is about rattling time.’ It is about rattling time we step into our energy,” Henson persevered, quoting Lizzo’s tune “About Rattling Time.” 

“It is about time we speak about the truth that weapons have extra rights than a girl. It is a unhappy day in The us,” she mentioned. “A weapon that may take lives has extra energy than a girl who can provide existence – if she chooses to. And it is about time I were given that off my chest.”

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Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage all through the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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“I might like to present a unique, particular shout out to Black ladies, to Black queer artists, to Black non-binary artists,” mentioned singer Janelle Monáe whilst presenting the evening’s first award. “Those artists, making artwork on our personal phrases, proudly owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a global that tries to keep an eye on and police our our bodies, my frame and our choices, my choice. F*** you, Excellent Court docket.”

Monáe then introduced the award for Very best Feminine R&B/Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan. The singer mentioned she sought after to talk immediately to males, asking them to face with ladies. “In the event you’ve ever benefited from a girl making one of the most hardest choices of her existence, which is to terminate a being pregnant, you want to be status with us. This isn’t only a lady’s factor. That is everyone’s factor,” Sullivan mentioned. 

When rapper Latto gained the award for Very best New Artist, she used a part of her acceptance speech to make a commentary. “It is giving professional selection,” she mentioned. 

“It is by no means giving a person policing my frame,” she mentioned.

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Jazmine Sullivan accepts the Very best Feminine R&B/Pop Artist award from Janelle Monae onstage all through the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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On Friday, the Excellent Court docket dominated 6-3 to uphold a Mississippi regulation that will ban abortion after 15 weeks of being pregnant. The ruling additionally overturns the precedent set with the courtroom’s Roe v. Wade choice in 1973, which assured the constitutional proper to an abortion. 

States now be capable to set their very own restrictions, so the place other people are living will resolve their stage of get entry to to abortion.

Justice Samuel Alito delivered the bulk opinion, writing: “Roe used to be egregiously mistaken from the beginning. Its reasoning used to be exceptionally susceptible, and the verdict has had harmful penalties. Alito used to be joined via Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. 

The courtroom’s 3 liberal justices dissented and Leader Justice John Roberts delivered a concurring opinion, writing that whilst he is of the same opinion that the viability line established underneath Roe must be discarded and Mississippi’s regulation upheld, the choices made within the Roe and Deliberate Parenthood v. Casey circumstances must be left untouched. 

Protests and celebrations outdoor the courtroom – and around the nation – started virtually right away after the verdict used to be introduced and persevered all the way through the weekend.

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