‘F*** you, Supreme Court’: Janelle Monáe has blunt words and coarse sign language for US high court


‘F*** you, Supreme Court’: Janelle Monáe has blunt words and coarse sign language for US high court

  • The 36-year-old singer raised her middle finger and cursed out the Supreme Court in response to the high court’s recent abortion case ruling overturning Roe v. Wade
  •  Monáe was presenting the award for Best Female R&B Pop Artist at the BET Awards in Los Angeles when she made the remark
  • Jazmine Sullivan in her acceptance speech spoke directly to men and asked for their help in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that declared the US Constitution does not confer any right to abortion, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey
  • Many celebrities have been using their platform to speak out against the Supreme Court’s decision that rolled back nearly five decades of a women’s right to get an abortion 

Janelle Monáe had some blunt words and coarse sign language for the US Supreme Court on Sunday while presenting onstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.

‘F*** you, Supreme Court,’ said Monáe, 36, while raising her middle finger in response to the high court’s recent abortion case ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Monáe after being introduced by host Taraji P. Henson, 52, said it was ‘amazing’ to be at the Microsoft Theater ‘celebrating us.’

Coarse language: Janelle Monáe had some blunt words and coarse sign language for the US Supreme Court on Sunday while presenting onstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles

Coarse language: Janelle Monáe had some blunt words and coarse sign language for the US Supreme Court on Sunday while presenting onstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles

‘Happy Black Music Month, happy Pride to us, all the gays in the house, hello,’ said Monáe, who came out in April as non-binary on the Red Table Talk.

‘Anyway, I’d like to give a special, special shout out to Black women, to Black queer artists, to Black nonbinary artists. These artists making art on our own terms, owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body, and our decisions, my decisions,’ Monáe said before cursing out the Supreme Court.

Monáe went on to say that artists ‘must celebrate our art by protecting our rights and our truths’.

She then presented the award for Best Female R&B Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan, 35.

Award presenter: 'Happy Black Music Month, happy Pride to us, all the gays in the house, hello,' said Monáe, who came out in April as non-binary on the Red Table Talk

Award presenter: ‘Happy Black Music Month, happy Pride to us, all the gays in the house, hello,’ said Monáe, who came out in April as non-binary on the Red Table Talk

The winner: Monáe presented the award for Best Female R&B Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan

The winner: Monáe presented the award for Best Female R&B Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan

Sullivan in her acceptance speech spoke directly to men and asked for their help in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that declared the US Constitution does not confer any right to abortion, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

‘We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us. If you have ever benefitted from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate her pregnancy. You need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s issue. This is everybody’s issue,’ Sullivan said.

‘We need your support more than ever, okay, fellas. Y’all got us? We’ve got y’all. You all have got us?,’ she added. 

Seeking support: 'We need you all. We need y'all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us. If you have ever benefitted from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate her pregnancy. You need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman's issue. This is everybody's issue,' Sullivan said

Seeking support: ‘We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us. If you have ever benefitted from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate her pregnancy. You need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s issue. This is everybody’s issue,’ Sullivan said

Many celebrities have been using their platform to speak out against the Supreme Court’s decision that rolled back nearly five decades of a women’s right to get an abortion.

At the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, name-checked the five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade, saying: ‘This song goes out to the justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh.’

She then called British pop star Lily Allen, 37, to the stage, and the two performed her 2009 hit F*** You.

Justices name-checked: At the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, name-checked the five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade

Justices name-checked: At the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, name-checked the five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade

Rodrigo flipped the middle finger as she stood on stage, before saying: ‘We hate you guys!’ as the pair launched into the expletive-filled song.

New Zealand singer Lorde, 25, also screamed ‘F*** the Supreme Court’ during her performance at Glastonbury Festival.

It will now be up to each individual state to determine whether to legalize gay marriage, and at least 18 states have now banned abortions – and the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are ‘certain or likely’ to ban the procedure.

UK festival: New Zealand singer Lorde, 25, also screamed 'F*** the Supreme Court' during her performance at Glastonbury Festival

UK festival: New Zealand singer Lorde, 25, also screamed ‘F*** the Supreme Court’ during her performance at Glastonbury Festival

Monáe stunned upon arrival at the awards ceremony in a see-through black outfit.

She wore a sleeveless multi-strap dress with a bandeau top, triangular cutouts and a long sheer skirt.

The dress also featured a black rose centerpiece and a long train.

All-black outfit: The 36-year-old singer wore a black sleeveless multi-strap dress with a bandeau top, triangular cutouts and a long sheer skirt

All-black outfit: The 36-year-old singer wore a black sleeveless multi-strap dress with a bandeau top, triangular cutouts and a long sheer skirt

Back rose: The dress also featured a black rose centerpiece and a long train

Back rose: The dress also featured a black rose centerpiece and a long train

Seeing through: The sheer skirt trailed behind Janelle as she walked the carpet

Natural beauty: The actress accentuated her natural beauty with thick eyelashes and pink lipstick

Seeing through: The sheer skirt trailed behind Janelle as she walked the carpet

Henson was on hosting duties for a second year in a row during the live awards show.

Established in 2001, the Black Entertainment Television network (BET) awards celebrate African American stars in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

In a recent interview,  Henson spoke about the importance of the BET Awards, and how they have championed her throughout her career. 

Hair up: Janelle had her blonde hair up in a messy bun

Hair up: Janelle had her blonde hair up in a messy bun

‘No matter how big I get in my career, no matter how high my star may rise, I will never forget my community,’ she told Essence, talking about ceremony.

‘The community is who told Hollywood, “Hey, pay attention to her.”‘

Henson also told Variety how this year’s show will focus on celebrating Hollywood’s Black men, after saluting trailblazing Black women last year. 

Award presenter: Janelle was a presenter at the BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles

Award presenter: Janelle was a presenter at the BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles

‘For me, it’s all about balance,’  Henson explained. ‘We shone a light on the incredible Black women, and this year we need to uplift our men.’

That will including honoring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, 52, with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

‘He’s getting his flowers,’ she joked. ‘I thought it would be a great opportunity to lift him up and to lift up all those men that he’s inspired and those who have inspired him.’

Pop award: The singer strutted the carpet at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles

Pop award: The singer strutted the carpet at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles

2022 BET Awards Winners and Nominees

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist 

Ari Lennox 

Chlöe

 Doja Cat

 H.E.R. 

Jazmine Sullivan  – WINNER

Mary J. Blige 

Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist 

 Blxst 

Chris Brown 

Givēon 

Lucky Daye

 The Weeknd 

Wizkid

 Yung Bleu

Best Group 

Bruno Mars Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) 

Chlöe x Halle 

City Girls

Lil Baby & Lil Durk

 Migos Young 

Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

‘Essence,’ Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems – WINNER

‘Every Chance I Get,’ DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk

‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar

‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA

‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug

‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix),’ BIA Feat. Nicki Minaj 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist 

Cardi B 

Doja Cat

Latto 

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

Saweetie

Best Male Hip Hop Artist 

Drake

 Future

J. Cole 

Jack Harlow 

Kanye West 

Kendrick Lamar 

Lil Baby

Video of the Year

 ‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar

‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe

‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA 

‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox 

‘Smokin Out The Window,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug

Video Director of the Year 

Anderson .Paak A.K.A. Director .Paak 

Benny Boom 

Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch 

Director X 

Hype Williams

Missy Elliott

Best New Artist

Baby Keem 

Benny The Butcher 

Latto  – WINNER

Muni Long 

Tems 

Yung Bleu

Album of the Year

 ‘An Evening with Silk Sonic,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak (Silk Sonic) 

‘Back Of My Mind,’ H.E.R. 

‘Call Me If You Get Lost,’ Tyler, The Creator 

‘Certified Lover Boy,’ Drake 

‘Donda,’ Kanye West 

‘Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe,’ Jazmine Sullivan

‘Planet Her,’ Doja Cat

 

 

 

Best International Act 

Dave (UK) 

Dinos (France) 

Fally Ipupa (DRC) 

Fireboy DML (Nigeria) 

Little Simz (UK) 

Ludmilla (Brazil) 

Major League DJz (South Africa) 

Tayc (France) 

Tems (Nigeria) – WINNER

Best Movie

‘Candyman’ ‘King Richard’

‘Respect’ ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ 

‘Summer of Soul’ ‘The Harder They Fall’

Best Actor 

Adrian Holmes, ‘Bel-Air’ 

Anthony Anderson, ‘Black-Ish’ 

Damson Idris, ‘Snowfall’ 

Denzel Washington, ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ 

Forest Whitaker, ‘Respect’ and ‘Godfather of Harlem’ 

Jabari Banks, ‘Bel-Air’ Sterling K. Brown, ‘This Is Us’ 

Will Smith, ‘King Richard’

Best Actress 

Aunjanue Ellis, ‘King Richard’ 

Coco Jones, ‘Bel-Air’ 

Issa Rae, ‘Insecure’ 

Jennifer Hudson, ‘Respect’ 

Mary J. Blige, ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ 

Queen Latifah, ‘The Equalizer’ 

Quinta Brunson, ‘Abbott Elementary’ 

Regina King, ‘The Harder They Fall’ 

Zendaya, ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

YoungStars Award 

Akira Akbar 

Demi Singleton 

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown 

Saniyya Sidney 

Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award 

Brittney Griner 

Candace Parker 

Naomi Osaka 

Serena Williams 

Sha’Carri Richardson 

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award 

Aaron Donald 

Bubba Wallace 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ja Morant 

Lebron James Stephen Curry

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 

‘All In Your Hands,’ Marvin Sapp

‘Come To Life,’ Kanye West 

‘Grace,’ Kelly Price

‘Hallelujah,’ Fred Hammond

‘Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),’ H.E.R. & Tauren Wells

‘Jireh,’ Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music 

‘We Win,’ Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – WINNER

BET Her

‘Best Of Me (Originals),’ Alicia Keys

‘Good Morning Gorgeous,’ Mary J. Blige – WINNER

‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe ‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox

‘Roster,’ Jazmine Sullivan 

‘Unloyal,’ Summer Walker & Ari Lennox 

‘Woman,’ Doja Cat

 

 

 

 

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