While many found actress Michelle Williams’ speech at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night moving, others did not and have turned their anger, mistakenly, to Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams.
The actress took the Emmys stage after winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “Fosse/Verdon” and applauded women in the entertainment industry. “I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted and feels safe enough to voice her needs and respected enough to be heard,” she said on stage.
But following her epic win, fans bombarded the singer Michelle Williams with messages meant for the actress.
“Let’s get one thing clear,” the singer said in an 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?!'”
The Destiny’s Child alum then turned up the attitude.
“So when you go and tag, look and see that little small hole, that little small profile, you see a Black girl, alright? Alright!” she said.
“Reading is fundamental. So is observation!” she said while 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!”
Sunday’s win for Williams was her first Emmy nomination and win. Check out her full Emmys speech here.