Monáe was dressed in a black and white string bikini top, matching shorts, and a hat for the portion of the set. The Kansas City-born singer flashed her breast as she sang her song “Yoga” for the Essence Fest crowd. She piped, “Sometimes I’m peachy, and sometimes I’m vulgar. Even when I’m sleeping, I got one eye open. You cannot police me, so get off my areola!”
YOU CANNOT POLICE @JanelleMonae 🗣️#EssenceFest pic.twitter.com/h8iodAnIOp
The singer’s nipple was covered with pink tape, and the playful moment sparked debate online after Essence’s official event. Twitter shared a short clip of the performance. Captioned, “YOU CANNOT POLICE @JanelleMonae.” The post was retweeted by another user who wrote: “Unnecessary on so many levels and for so many reasons.”
Unnecessary on so many levels and for so many reasons. https://t.co/AOpzhokCxU
Notably, 2 Live Crew’s front runner, raunchy Uncle Luke, commented: “What is this girl going through? She’s never been out there like this.. is it a midlife crisis?”
What is this girl going through? She’s never been out there like this.. is it a midlife crisis?
Despite Monáe’s image being based on body positivity and being comfortable with one’s own sexuality, the discourse on Twitter continued.
So, she has the right to do what she wants ? He was giving interviews with women having sex next to him. Like aren’t you men tired of always being in our business ?
What were you going through when you made “Me so Horny”? Hypocrisy much. pic.twitter.com/va7ptXQ1Cs
“GET OFF MY AREOOOLAAAAAAAAAAAS” lmfaooooooooo this shit got me in tears
This comes off lowkey icky too me ngl.
Source: Black Enterprise