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Violence Against Black Women Is Not a Meme

It’s been difficult to write about Megan Thee Stallion, 25, being shot in what appears to be an act of interpersonal violence. On July 12, Megan suffered gunshot wounds to both of her feet and needed surgery to remove the bullets. During an Instagram Live stream on Tuesday, she said the experience had been “super scary.” It’s speculated that she was shot by Tory Lanez, a 27-year-old Canadian rapper, who is allegedly involved in the incident.

The online response has been twofold. Many of Megan’s fans have expressed genuine concern for the rapper’s well-being, and wanted to know what happened and who should be held accountable. Others, however, have resorted to cracking jokes and crafting memes.

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