Last Thursday, rapper Megan Thee Stallion explicitly named Tory Lanez as the attacker in a shooting incident that occurred on July 12th. Megan made the announcement via an Instagram Live session. She described the events that occurred after she, Lanez, and his security guard left a party at Kylie Jenner’s mansion. Lanez purportedly shot at Megan’s feet while she was outside of the vehicle, trying to walk away. This left her with two gunshot wounds.
Lanez and his team began spreading false information about the incident in an attempt to hide his crime. Megan rightfully took great offense and decided to out him as her attacker.
During the emotional live, she said:
“”Yes, this n***a Tory shot me. You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs, lying and shit…Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand. I tried to keep the situation off the internet, but you’re dragging it.”
She said the surgery to remove the bullets was ““super scary” and “the worst experience of my life.”
Pressured Not to Open Up
A source familiar with Megan said it was the misinformation that pushed her to open up. Originally, she had reportedly been pressured not to reveal her attacker. Page Six’s source said:
“Megan wasn’t going to name names, she wasn’t going to go there — she wasn’t planning on talking to police. She was protecting herself. People in her camp and in Tory’s camp shut everyone down so fast you could barely blink. But there were lies that were being spread and she wasn’t going to stand for it.”
According to this source, it was the false narrative that Megan had faked her injuries that pushed her to set the story straight.
Lanez Quietly Responds
Lanez has been extremely quiet since Megan’s disclosure. However, he subtly responded by liking a tweet by former NFL player Larry Johnson. Johnson tweeted,
“Ladies, if you date a man who coined the term ‘Demon Time,’ and you get shot by him during Demon Hours, be accountable for YOUR stupidity. #toreylanez”
Besides being an offensive example of victim blaming, it also implies that Tory was indeed the perpetrator.
Tory Lanez then made the questionable, and possibly damning, decision to like a post of the tweet on TheShadeRoom Instagram account. The gossip account then immediately screenshotted the rapper’s account liking the post and posted the image.
As of now, Lanez has unliked the post.
A Rush of Support for Megan
The overwhelming majority of those speaking out about the incident are in complete support of Megan Thee Stallion. She was shot while unarmed and trying to get away from her attacker. There is little moral ambiguity about the situation.
As such, a number of musicians and notable celebrities are holding Tory Lanez accountable. T.I. went live on Instagram berating Lanez for having the shamelessness to shoot a woman. Chance the Rapper said he hopes Megan gets swift justice against Lanez. Musician Kehlani decided not only to speak out, but also to take action, removing his collaboration from her album.
In the sporting world, J.R. Smith slammed anyone who would support Lanez. He wrote on an Instagram story,
“This clown shoots a female an [sic] y’all listening to his music like it’s okay! Tf @torylanez you a straight [clown].”
Many were also quick to point out the misogynoir evident in the handling of this crime. Immediately following the traumatic incident, people across social media platforms had made memes and a mockery of the shooting. Ever since, people have also been doubting Megan’s story and attempting to blame her.
Actor Michael B. Jordan has come to Megan’s defense writing,
“Meg I admire your courage and applaud you for speaking up. We must Support Black Women, Protect Black Women, and Believe Black Women.”
Actress Halle Berry wrote,
“Peace. Protection. Respect. For ALL Black Women. ALWAYS. @theestallion, we stand with you.”