The BET Awards was held in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 26) and it was a very busy night.
In light of Roe v Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court last week, it’s no surprise that music artists would be utilizing the ceremony to highlight the gross human rights violations happening in the US right now.
Despite not being nominated or in attendance on the evening, Queer Icon Lil Nas X still dominated much of the online chat, having been ‘snubbed’ from the ceremony. Click here for all that tea.
Elsewhere, Jack Harlow was in attendance and made it perfectly clear where his loyalties lie, sporting a Lil Nas X T-shirt on the red carpet.
Although Jack did draw some criticizm for being such a big part of a ceremony which celebrates Black culture, he was overwhelmingly praised for both his solidarity towards Nas and an AMAZING performance with Brandy
they talking about black excellence and culture then let jack harlow to perform?#BETAwards pic.twitter.com/OyopD0AHTV
— your ultimate 🅿️lug (@GimK_) June 27, 2022
brandy is outrapping your favorites #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/9XOqG4VsTd
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 27, 2022
Meanwhile Empire star Jussie Smollett didn’t get quite the same reaction and was roasted on social media for his BET Awards appearance.
On 10 March, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days behind bars and 30 months probation after a jury found him guilty of lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic attack.
Smollett, 40, made his controversial return to the red carpet after serving only six days of his 150-day sentence for five counts of felony disorderly conduct at Cook County Jail in Chicago.
.@jussiesmollett reflects on returning to the red carpet at the #BETAwards and reveals what's next for him. https://t.co/5j8KdAP7Mj@betawards @therachlindsay pic.twitter.com/f2XNLsRezL
— ExtraTV (@extratv) June 27, 2022
Here’s what the internet had to say:
That’s crazy how Jussie Smollett is out & about, showing his face like that situation never happened. https://t.co/XE9BifUana
— Brandon (@thepizzapopo_) June 26, 2022
Not Jussie smollet trying to get this black card reinstated #BETAwards #redcarpet pic.twitter.com/rHLtWxDrQU
— 🅺🅸🅽🅹 (@itskinjj) June 26, 2022
Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/YVEzottiLB
— JSWilliams1962 (@jswtreeman) June 20, 2022
Everyone watching Jussie Smollett on the red carpet #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/UcZrtOYqth
— Mr. Sneaker Head 👟 (@RonnieThaGreat) June 26, 2022
The fact this is trending under Jussie Smollett is killing me 😂 https://t.co/M4vf8zFyOW
— Pontif (@QvGxd) June 20, 2022
If audacity was a person.. 🥴#JussieSmollett at the #BETAwards 📸 Getty pic.twitter.com/WWyIK0sy5B
— BlackRoomMedia (@BlackRoomMedia1) June 27, 2022