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.
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.
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.”
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.