Megan Thee Stallion reminds me of home — like a sausage, cheese, and jalapeño kolache from Shipley Do-Nuts (a compliment of the highest order) or an oppressive amount of humidity (seriously). If you’re from Houston, you know. Everything about her feels familiar, from the part of town she grew up in to the quality that has since made her an ever-rising star, like the other H-Town hottie in my life, Beyoncé: She’s genuinely nice and doesn’t really fuck with anyone. All Megan does is rap better than most, shake that ass to mesmerizing levels no matter where you swing on the Kinsey Scale, and do anything else she thinks might make for a good time.
How could you be mean to someone who’s smiling all the time? She is harmless even if you don’t enjoy her music. As a man of taste, however, I am a “Hottie” and have been ever since someone put me on to “Pull Up Late” from her Make It Hot mixtape. Understanding that, and having heard that and the Tina Snow mixtape, you can understand why, when it comes to making fun of the H-Town hottie after being shot twice in the foot, my position is simple: Fuck all y’all.
That includes those near and dear to me. You earned it. Accept it and move on.
For those distracted by anything else happening in 2020, a recap: Earlier this month, after reports emerged of Megan suffering a wound from broken glass in the aftermath of a party at Kylie Jenner’s house, she set the record straight on Instagram. “I suffered gunshot wounds as a result of a crime that was committed against me,” she wrote, “and done with the intention to physically harm me.” She went on to share that she had undergone surgery to remove bullets and was anticipating to make a full recovery.
I understand that people can find the humor in anything. I write about my life in my books, and I happen to find humor in my pain. But that’s my pain. Not someone else’s. Megan Thee Stallion’s pain from being shot is not yours for mocking.
But Megan also used the post to counter a report from TMZ that she had been arrested at the same time that Tory Lanez was arrested on a gun charge; in reality, she said, the police had driven her to the hospital for treatment. “This whole experience was an eye opener and a blessing in disguise,” she wrote as a conclusion. “I hate that it took this experience for me to learn how to protect my energy.”
At the time, all of this felt confusing as shit. It’s still confusing. But being nosey and stuck at home like not enough of you are, I read “the blogs” — and saw a video from YouTuber Tasha K alleging that Stallion and Lanez had been secretly dating for eight months. On the night of the shooting, she claimed, Meg had ended the relationship with Lanez. (There was also something about Kylie Jenner, but once again, I implore all Black people of all backgrounds with even the most marginal level of fame to beware those women and their inflated asses — besides Kourtney. How many more of our folks have to fall around that family for the rest of us to wise up?)
Regardless of the veracity of what’s coming from the rumor mill, we know the underlying issue: Megan is believed to have been shot by Tory Lanez following an argument. Circumstantial evidence isn’t kind here: Tory Lanez is no stranger to rumors involving anger and abuse.
Ultimately, it’s Megan’s choice to reveal anything more about what happened to her, but in the meanwhile, the basic fact is that a woman was shot. And as soon as that had been established, men started cracking jokes on social media. Plenty of regular people piled on, but they were egged on by Megan’s celebrity peers. 50 Cent, who I wish would focus more on producing television shows and less on internet trolling, posted a meme that turned her into Ricky from Boyz n the Hood. It wasn’t just men: Draya Michele cracked a joke about Meg’s shooting.
How any of you goofy motherfuckers find that funny is beyond me. During a plague, depression, and race war! Have you no souls at all?