Singer Michelle Williams Goes Off on People Confusing Her With White Actress Michelle Williams


When actress Michelle Williams made an impassioned acceptance speech about women working in the industry during the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, she hit a nerve with some fans.

After thanking her supporters for her Emmy as Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Fosse/Verdon, and her studio bosses for “supporting me completely and for paying me equally,” Michelle began talking about women in the film industry. Michelle took the moment to share her feelings about doing her job.

“They understood that when you put value into a person it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value and where do they put that value, they put it into their work,” Michelle said. “And so the next time a woman, and especially a woman of color—because she stands to make fifty two cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart—tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”

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Following that speech, the singer Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny’s Child, got some heat on social media for the actresses words. Her main sticking point about being tagged and commented at was because she’s black and the actress Michelle Williams is white.

“Let’s get one thing clear. How come when y’all are tagging and congratulating a person … do y’all see that I’m black when you go to my profile or tag, like when you search for the Michelle Williams?” the singer said on Instagram story.  “I am black! OK? I ain’t mixed with nothing. I ain’t mixed with Persian, Russian. I am black!”

She went on to say, “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. I thought it was awesome. I thought she was factual. I could be wrong,” she added. “But yo, I just told this 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?’”

She then went on to explain to the audience how to tell the difference between her and the actress.

“When you go and tag, look and see in that little small hole, in that little small profile—you’ll see a black girl. Alright. I’ll see you all later. Be blessed. Yes, Reading is fundamental, so is observation,”  she laughed.

“But I stand beside Michelle Williams on her speech. OK. She was beautiful. She was brilliant. Honey, she played Gwen Verdon to a T. She was awesome. Now get it right and stop cussing me out,” she exclaimed. “I’m gonna slap you back into having a good day because you almost tried to take me out of my peace.”

You tell ’em Michelle.