Maya Rudolph even made a special appearance as vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris. But that paled in comparison to what came in the middle of the show when Meg did her musical set.
Meg, who has been dealing with her own personal issues of late, paid homage to Breonna Taylor, and blasted Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron with a digital backdrop that prominently displayed messages like, “Protect Black Women” and “Daniel Cameron Is No Different”.
Days earlier a grand jury, at the direction of Cameron had decided not to charge three officers in the killing of Taylor, opting instead to change a single officer with wanton endangerment for shooting an adjacent neighbor’s apartment wall.
Scrutiny around the decision led to a grand jury member to sue Cameron’s office to force the public release of the grand jury transcripts. The unnamed juror felt Cameron’s office had not presented the full facts in the case to the grand jury, and scapegoating the grand jury for letting the police officers off the hook in Taylor’s killing.
Halfway through Meg’s set, sounds of gunshots rang out as the audio from Malcolm X‘s 1962 speech “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” played in the background.
“The most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the Black woman. Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair, the color of your skin, the shape of your nose? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?