2013 BET Awards - Arrivals

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.”

Inspired by Meagan’s story, Christina of Christina Wrote That penned a piece called “The New Preacher’s Wife,” addresses being sexy as a First Lady:

“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.”

What do you think of the backlash against Meagan Good’s dress pick, Clutchettes? Is it fair?

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  • Kiki

    This dress was about stirring up contravesy and to get people talking. There are a million dresses she could have worn that would have shown her sexy side but still shown respect for the audience. This was not the Grammys or the MTV awards.

  • She must have skipped that part in the bible that speaks of modesty…ijs..you are what you wear

  • Gospel

    Some peoples just have, “Impure Thoughts”? that’s all this is.

  • chinaza

    The dress is just class-less with or without religion.
    For the occasion, it was plain disrespectful or ignorant because it shows a grown woman who does not understand the context of clothing.

  • Sandy

    Why is it that woman are told to cover up like it’s the middle ages? Wear it how you like it because when you get old it all goes to hell. America loves to talk about sex, but if someone dresses sexy, or acts a certain way the woman is a slut. What about the guys that wear no shirts, have their shirts open, or showing off their underwear? Double standard much?