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Watch the Company You Keep


It’s all too common for good people to find themselves in terrible situations just because they’re trusting. Being a good person, you often find yourself giving others the benefit of the doubt because you know you have positive intentions and assume that others are the same. This isn’t always the case and most times, the good people find this out the hard way. This lesson can come to you regardless of who you are. Famous or not, unfortunately, it happens. Megan Thee Stallion is someone who recently got schooled.

Typically, it’s difficult to see what kind of person some celebrities are because some put on fronts for their fans or are closed off, but many of us love Meg and for good reason. She just oozes good vibes and positive energy which makes it even more heartbreaking that anyone would try to harm her in any way. Considering she’s such a great, positive person, she deserves nothing but great and positive things to come her way, not to be shot or shot at by anyone. This just goes to show that you should carefully watch the people you surround yourself with and to not always be so trusting of others.

The shooting took place last month, shortly after Megan, her best friend Kelsey Nicole, and rapper Tory Lanez left a party in Hollywood. Megan was reportedly hit twice in the foot. Many assume that Lanez is responsible for shooting the “Girls in the Hood” rapper due to the fact that he was arrested for a gun possession charge the same night, according to Vanity Fair, but this has yet to be confirmed.

The fact that Meg was shot at already doesn’t sit well with me, but I’m even more upset at the way that people on social media chose to make jokes about the situation. I’ve come across so many memes and jokes when absolutely nothing about the situation is funny or worth making jokes over. This didn’t even come from random strangers. It came from other celebrities such as 50 Cent who posted multiple memes about Megan to his Instagram page and Draya who jokes about the shooting in an interview. This is clearly a serious matter, and so many people chose to joke and make funnies instead of sending love, prayers, and support Megan’s way.

“It shouldn’t have took for her crying on Instagram for people to sympathize with her,” said Monique Petty-Ashmeade, a freshman at DePaul University. People on social media were saying, “I’m sorry. I thought it was a joke when it happened. I didn’t think it was for real. I wouldn’t have shared that meme if I knew it was for real.” That’s honestly no excuse considering that’s still nothing to joke about. Petty-Ashmeade added, “She shouldn’t have had to cry on Instagram for y’all to understand that it happened for real. The way that Black women are unprotected is disgusting.”

I can’t even imagine how terrifying this situation was to have to go through, but to have little support and respect must have made it that much worse to endure. I wish people gave Meg the same support that they give Kanye since his mom passed away. Meg has lost not only her mother, but her grandmother and father as well and was blamed for being shot, but she doesn’t receive a drop of the sympathy that Kanye gets. I’m really sorry that this had to happen to her, but to look at things from a positive perspective, she’s healthy and getting back to her normal, happy, self and now she’s able to see who her true friends and supporters are. I hope that Meg continues to be the great person she is despite the unfortunate situation she found herself in, and I hope she’s receiving all the love and support from her circle that she needs.


By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Cierra Lemott

Written by Cierra Lemott

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