TMZ has reported that Megan Thee Stallion is facing criticism from the family of Megan Kanka, a rape victim, over a lyric in her latest single, "Hiss."
The Houston rapper released the track on January 26, taking aim not only at Nicki Minaj but also at her husband, Kenneth Petty. The controversial lyric in question goes: "These hos don’t be mad at Megan, these hos mad at Megan’s Law/ I don’t really know what the problem is, but I guarantee y’all don’t want me to start."
The line, directed at Petty, who is a registered sex offender due to an incident when he was 15, has prompted Richard Kanka to voice his discontent, labeling it "highly offensive" to his daughter's memory. "Megan’s Law" refers to a federal law established after Kanka's daughter was raped and killed by a repeat child molester in 1994, mandating authorities to disclose information about registered sex offenders to the public.
According to TMZ, the Kanka family is upset about the song's misappropriation of their daughter’s likeness and the emotional distress it causes. Although Richard Kanka hasn't listened to the track, he's aware of its lyrics and isn't impressed.
Reportedly, the Kanka family is contemplating legal action against the "Savage" rapper, though the legal route may prove challenging. The Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment broadly to protect artistic expression, encompassing various mediums such as music. When evaluating cases involving freedom of expression, the court considers content neutrality and whether the expression aims to cause "direct and imminent harm" to society.
Megan discussed the inspiration behind "Hiss" during an appearance on The Breakfast Club, clarifying its target audience. She stated that the song is directed at individuals, regardless of gender, who exploit her name for attention. She urged them to find alternative approaches, emphasizing that the tactic has grown stale.
In her words, "I’m saying, a hit dog gon’ holler. That’s it. Whoever feel it, feel it."