Raymond Hall/GC ImagesMichelle Williams the singer says it’s time to stop confusing her with Michelle Williams the actress.
When the Fosse/Verdon star won an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Sunday night, she spoke about how women are paid less than men in Hollywood — but it was the former Destiny’s Child member’s Instagram account that was flooded with comments.
“How come when y’all are tagging and congratulating a person, do y’all see that I’m black?,” she said in an Instagram Live video. “When you go to my profile or tag, like, when you search for the Michelle Williams, I am black. OK. I ain’t mixed with nuthin’. I ain’t mixed with Persian, Russian. I am black.”
The actress said in her acceptance speech that woman of color are extremely underpaid, “making 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterparts.”
“So I’m trying to figure out why in the world am I getting cursed out in my comments for Michelle Williams’ speech, which I thought was her truth, which I thought it was awesome,” the singer continued.
“I just told a woman a few minutes ago on my Instagram. I was like, ‘I’m so sorry that my namesake upset you. But can’t you see that I’m black?’”
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