There is no getting around it: Meagan Good has been attacked all of her acting career for less-than-conservative dress sense. The judgement was raised to power infinity when it came out that she was dating , engaged to, and then married film executive and preacher, DeVon Franklin.
Grown folk lose their minds and start being the authority on how another adult person should present him/herself to the world. Add religious indignation and a good knowledge of Bible verses, and these warriors for humanity will ride roughshod all over your basic human rights to JUST BE.
And so it was that Meagan Good sat right beside her husband in a church building as they promoted and answered questions about The Wait – a New York Times best selling book on celibacy and abstinence before marriage.
A lady in the audience had this comment to make:
“This is not offensive, but I was at the grocery store and I looked at a newsstand and saw you — and you had your breasts showing.
“So, I wasn’t gonna come here, I wasn’t, but the Lord brought me here to see you. You are a beautiful young woman and your testimony is awesome.
“The Lord let me come and push past the judgement, because you have to make sure what you say and what you do match up, you understand? So, we’re gonna cover up, right?”
Meagan got really emotional and started to cry. My man DeVon didn’t skip a beat! Her husband jumpde in to protect her, saying:
“Wait a minute — no! That is not what we’re here for. She’s not gonna cover up, she gon’ wear what she wants to wear in the name of Jesus…amen. Amen? Amen. Yes she will! God bless you, we love you, I love you dearly but she has been as Christian as she is right now when she wore whatever she wanted to wear, so no we ain’t doing that!”
Now, I’m not going to go into details as to what the Bible says or doesn’t say; I know there are many people who could school me in this regard, but here is how I feel: it is none of our business.
I personally wouldn’t wear some of the outfits she does. Not for any religious or moral high ground, but mostly because I’d have to be kicking my ta-tas out of the way with each step, but that’s a tale for another day…
She’s grown. She’s married. Her husband loves her the way she is. She does not have to tone down or amend her ways to please you. If she is Christian or at all bothered about judgement, then the only opinion that should count is that of the Good Lord. Not yours.
There were a lot of people agreeing with the lady’s comments, and on of the things I read most often was ‘Your body is for your husband, not for everyone else to look at’.
Wrong. Her body is hers. Her fidelity, her thoughts, her partnership, her friendship and companionship belong to her husband, yes. Her body belongs to her. How can something so corporal, so fundamentally yours be said to belong to someone else? We are not cattle. Stop it.
And as for her being a role model – to whom? Why are people constantly delegating the rearing of their offspring or indeed their own behaviour to other people? You’re scared your child will see her and try to emulate her dressing? Why come your child isn’t trying to emulate YOUR dressing?
You’re worried that the young men in the church will sin by looking at her? They need to pluck their eyes out! This is on par with “Look at her short skirt, no wonder she got raped” Let He (She or It) that is within you be greater than what you are looking at. Also known as: Uche face ya work!
What drives me bonkers about the whole thing is that the action of trying to control someone’s actions doesn’t even come across as Christ-like or loving. It smacks of Pharisee-ism: let me do the right acts, make it clear that I am a virtuous person…but then somehow along the line, forget the heart and soul of the person you are judging.
Mr Franklin did right by protecting his woman. If you do not like what Meagan Good is wearing, do not ask her where she got it from, do not wear the type yourself, do not buy it for your daughters.
That is all. Class dismissed.
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