As soon as Meagan Good took the stage at the 2013 BET Awards to present “Best Gospel Artist,” eyebrows were raised. The 32 year-old Christian actress, married to pastor DeVon Franklin, was wearing a gown with a plunging neckline cut down to her navel with her décolletage on full display.
On social media, commenters confronted Meagan directly, chiding her for dressing in a distasteful manner and even disrespecting her husband.
No stranger to this kind of criticism, Meagan addressed it before in an interview with JustTheFab where she discussed dressing provocatively as a woman who has a “personal relationship with God:”
Regardless of what anybody thinks, I have a personal relationship with God. We talk and we speak and I don’t feel convicted about it and so I have to do what’s in my heart and I can’t allow people to manipulate my direction. […] I’m getting sexy and all that, but there is a way to do it, there is a classy way to do everything and there is nothing wrong with being sexy or having sex appeal and I think that I am definitely going to be someone who is boldly going to go out to the masses and be someone who says, ‘ Look! Women, it’s OK to do this, that, and the other,’ because I don’t like [how] sometimes people who are religious will try and force everyone into a box and judge them.
Some voices online echoed Meagan’s sentiments. She shared a post by a follower on social media, who said:
“I love it! Go head Meagan, keep making people start the conversations and confront their religiosity and judgmental spirits and forgetting what they have been redeemed from,” the person wrote in a message reposted on her Instagram account. “Love covers a multitude of sins and your love stance will continue to reveal the difference between the Kingdom of God (righteousness, joy, peach motivated by love) vs Religion! #kingdomfriend #igetit.”
“I’m not ashamed of being sexy. Do you know how sexy the book of Song of Solomon is? Am I to be punished for finding the right kind of support in a strapless bra and pursing my lips accordingly… because God chose to make me fall in love with a minister? Blasphemy. These are the breasts that the Lord hath made.”
Finally, Meagan defended her dress choice on BET Awards night, responding to a commenter on Instagram by saying:
“I never forgot God was there for a second and would never be ashamed of what I’m wearing (in) front of him. He loves me for exactly who He created me to be despite what anyone else thinks.”