"I'm trying to figure out why in the world am I getting cursed out in my comments for Michelle Williams' [Emmys] speech," says the Destiny's Child alum.
After Michelle Williams delivered an impassioned speech about equal pay upon winning her Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for "Fosse/Verdon" Sunday night, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame got bombarded with messages meant for the actress.
And she's trying to figure out why.
"Let's get one thing clear," the singer began in an impassioned speech of her own on Instagram Live. "How come when y'all are tagging and congratulating a person, do y'all see that I'm Black? Like, when you go to my profile and you search for the Michelle Williams, I am Black, okay? I ain't mixed with nothing. I ain't mixed with Persian, Russian. I am Black."
"So I'm trying to figure out why in the world am I getting cursed out in my comments for Michelle Williams' [Emmys] speech, which I thought was her truth!" she continued. "I thought it was awesome. I thought she was factual. I could be wrong. But yo, I just told this woman a few minutes ago on my Instagram, I was like, 'I'm so sorry that my namesake upsets you, but can't you see that I'm Black?!'"
So, the folks who are pissed and pressed about Michelle Williams’s (Actress) moving and brilliant #Emmy speech are tagging and aiming their anger at Michelle Williams (Singer), and she is fed up! pic.twitter.com/d7NAQyBndm— shar jossell (@SharSaysSo) September 24, 2019
"So when you go and tag, look and see that little small hole, that little small profile, you see a Black girl, alright? Alright!" Williams added, before turning the sass up a notch.
"Reading is fundamental. So is observation!" she said, slapping her hand. "This hand is yo face. Reading is fundamental. Observation is so important. Observe that profile pic before you get to tagging me and cussing me out for something I didn't say!"
Despite the unwarranted backlash, the singer says she stands beside the actress' "beautiful" and "brilliant" speech.
"Honey, she played Gwen Verdon to a T. She was awesome!" she said. "Now, get it right! And stop cussing me out, alright? Now, I'mma slap you back into having a good day 'cause you almost tried to take me out of my peace."
I really should’ve watched the whole thing because, honestly—where’s Michelle’s Netflix comedy special?— shar jossell (@SharSaysSo) September 24, 2019
“this hand is yo face.” pic.twitter.com/v7puC1lAXy
On Sunday night, the "Fosse/Verdon" star -- whose "All the Money in the World" payday made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Mark Wahlberg received substantially more for reshoots -- thanked FX for their pay practices and shared a plea for pay equity across the entertainment industry.
"I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted and feels safe enough to voice her needs and respected enough to be heard," she began, trophy in hand. "When I asked for more dance classes, I heard, 'Yes.' More voice lessons, 'Yes.' A different wig, a pair of fake teeth not made of rubber, 'Yes.'"
She added, "All of these things, they require effort and they cost more money, but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and honor Gwen Verdon."
"I want to say thank you so much to FX and to Fox 21 studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value and where do they put that value? They put it into their work," she went on.
"And so the next time a woman -- and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart -- tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her," she concluded. "Because one day, she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment, and not in spite of it."
The award marked Williams' first Emmy nomination and win. She was also nominated as an executive producer for "Fosse/Verdon."
To see her full speech, check out the video below. And for TooFab's full coverage of television's biggest night, click here.
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