India Arie - Essence Festival - Megan Thee Stallion - Janelle Monae - Twerking

India Arie didn’t mince words when she took to Instagram to share her disappointment in Megan Thee Stallion‘s twerk-a-thon at the 2023 Essence Festival.

The 3X Grammy Award-winning rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, headlined Day 3 of the annual festival and during her performance, she brought fans on stage to shake a tailfeather.

Over 10 women hit the stage and cheeks were clapping like a standing ovation.

Janelle Monáe, who also performed during the festival and pulled out one of her breasts, stood on the side of the stage and cheered the women on as they twerked.

Essence shared a clip via Instagram with the caption, “Hot girl bootcamp was in full effect last night.
It’s @janellemonae with the encouragement for us 😂👏🏾”

See the original post below.

India Arie took to the comment section of the post and criticized the onstage activities for “lack of discretion and discernment.”

“The Truth” singer would have preferred for us to be shown in a “respectful light” and India also made it a point to go on record saying, “This won’t age well” and she “don’t like this moment.”

Read her full comment below.

The issue is what is CONTEXT. Humanity does EVERYTHING. But does EVERYTHING BELONG IN A STAGE? No. is everything for KIDS? No. is everything for EVERYBODY? NO.

So when we as a culture make something like this mainstream ~ it shows a lack of discretion and discernment.

To those in the comments who laugh at anyone who wants these things for our culture, you certainly have that right.

Just as many folks have the right to want our MAINSTREAM International export – our Music – to show us in a respectful light.

I’d like to go on the record saying: this won’t age well and that’s my issue. I LOVE Janelle AND Meg the way I love us all ~ AND I don’t like this moment.

Don’t bother debating me lol idc and I DO this. for 25 yrs I’ve done THIS. so. read ponder or don’t. ✌🏾👋🏾

See her original comment below.

India Arie comment Essence Fest - Megan Thee Stallion - Janelle Monae

After making headlines that claimed she’s slamming Megan Thee Stallion and Janelle Monáe, India Arie took to her Instagram Story to set the record straight.

She wrote:

I HATE Defending simple logic, so I’m going to just say this. 



I LOVE humanity, even in all its bulls**t LOL!

And all I’m saying is CONTEXT MATTERS. 

Debate that if you want, lol…but I said what I said.

And WHY did I say it? 

Because just like EVERYYYYYYONE ELSE, I am entitled to my opinion. BUT ALSO, I DO THIS WORK. My whole adult LIFE…

See the rest of India Arie’s Instagram Story posts below.

India Arie Instagram Story (1)
India Arie Instagram Story Part 2

India Arie is currently trending on Twitter as people react to her criticism of Megan Thee Stallion and Janelle Monáe’s twerk-a-thon at Essence Fest.

Read a few tweets below.

Do you think India Arie is being overly critical or as some would claim – a hater?

Or is she speaking “The Truth?”

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