It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind of emotions recently for Houstonian rapper Megan Thee Stallion. From being marked as public enemy #1 by the self-proclaimed “queen of rap” Nicki Minaj, to being threatened with a lawsuit, to signing a life-changing record deal, Megan’s name has been the main topic of discussion too many times to count in the past week. Although she has celebrated several happy moments, Megan has also been put on blast and criticized for nearly everything she has done in the past two weeks. Is Megan in the wrong or are people taking it too far?
Megan Kanka’s Father Puts Megan on Blast: Megan’s hit single titled “HISS” topped the charts not only for Megan’s brilliant flow but also for her clever punchlines. One of these punchlines, however, sparked controversy across the internet. The line “These hoes don’t be mad at Megan, these hoes mad at Megan’s Law,” references Megan’s Law, which is a federal law passed in 1996 that required law enforcement agencies to make the information about known sex offenders public. The law was passed after 7-year-old Megan Kanka was brutally assaulted and murdered by her neighbor, who unbeknownst to her family, was a registered sex offender. According to the Los Angeles Times, Kanka’s father is threatening to take legal action against Megan for mentioning his daughter’s name in the song. “Although I can understand why her father may be upset, I don’t feel like Megan’s intention was to drag his daughter’s name,” stated a Howard University student who wishes to remain anonymous. “If anything, I feel like Megan was bringing awareness to the law, possibly protecting children from danger.”
The Barbz vs. Meg: This past week has made it obvious that the Barbz, loyal fans of rapper Minaj, are willing to do nearly anything to defend or avenge Minaj. From leaking the location of the gravesite of Megan’s late mother (encouraging vandalism) to bullying people online, the relationship between Minaj and her fans has proved to be very dangerous. “Encouraging people to vandalize a gravesite is insane to me, especially when Nicki Minaj just lost a parent last year.” stated a Morgan State University student who asked to remain anonymous, referring to the death of Minaj’s father in a 2021 car accident.
As the internet continues to criticize Megan, she must focus on her new career endeavors. According to Variety, the 28-year-old recently signed a deal with Warner Music Group in which she retains both her master’s and publishing rights while simultaneously having access to Warner’s marketing and promotional services. Megan also recently announced the release of a new album and tour this summer. The debate over whether her critics are taking it too far does not seem to bother Megan, as she has yet to respond to a single one of them.
By Amaar Zarrieff, Freshman, Howard University
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