Trey Songz & His Defenders Prove #MeToo Has a Long Way to Go

When Trey Songz denied a new sexual assault allegation, he resorted to misogynistic language about his accuser. It's not the first time.

The point of the #MeToo movement - for all its missteps along the way - is to support and believe all women. Even if the alleged perpetrators are celebrities. | Source: Matt Sayles / Invision / AP

  • Trey Songz faces new allegations of sexual assault.
  • This isn’t the first time that Songz has been accused of improper behavior.
  • His reaction proves #MeToo is still just as needed as ever.

Trey Songz could be in hot water. The “Bottoms Up” singer faces allegations of sexual assault, and this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of improper sexual behavior.

The new accusation isn’t the only thing that’s disturbing. The ways his fans are defending him – and even the way Songz is defending himself – are as repulsive as they should be appalling.

KeKe Palmer Spoke Up Against Trey Songz Prior to #MeToo

Trey Songz has faced allegations of inappropriate behavior both before and after #MeToo. | Source: Jamie Lamor Thompson/

The first time Trey Songz faced allegations of sexual misbehavior, #MeToo hadn’t yet rocked the entertainment industry.

This was back in early 2017. He put KeKe Palmer in his video for “Pick Up The Phone” – allegedly without her permission. She was angry, to say the least.

After demanding to know why she was in the video in the first place, she accused him of sexual intimidation and other inappropriate behavior.

It was bad enough that Palmer’s impassioned pleas to Trey Songz fell on deaf ears. Worse was that they unleashed shameless misogyny from both the R&B singer and his defenders.

Trey Songz attacked his accuser using misogynistic and infantilizing language. | Source: Twitter

No Means No, Whether the Alleged Perpetrator Is a Celebrity Or Not

Fast forward to 2020, and Songz is once again being accused of sexual misbehavior. This time, he dismissed his accuser as a “bird,” which is sexist slang. That tweet has since been deleted.

Then he posted images that included his accuser’s uncensored phone number. In other words, he doxxed her. And it took no time at all for foolishness to get unleashed.

We won’t include the images here, but fans tweeted screenshots of themselves calling up Songz’s accuser trying to get “her side of the story.”

Someone shouldn’t get a free pass from allegations of criminal behavior simply because they are a celebrity. | Source: Twitter

Plenty of other fans called the woman a liar and otherwise defended the singer simply because he’s a celebrity.

The point of the #MeToo movement – for all its missteps along the way – is to support and believe all women. Even if the alleged perpetrators are celebrities. And yes, even if the accusers aren’t “good girls” by your standards.

Unfortunately, the misogynistic response to Trey Songz’s accuser proves we have a long way to go.

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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:26 PM

Bernadette Giacomazzo: Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post,, and more. She is also the author of The Uprising series and is the CEO of the acclaimed G-Force Marketing & Publicity firm, which has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter and has scored film, television, radio, and print placements for celebrity clientele worldwide. Reach her via email. Visit her LinkedIn profile here.