Article By Angela Peterson // EEW Magazine News
In a televised interview with talk show host Wendy Williams, the Christian actress told religious critics of what they presume to be her way-too-sexy-for-Christianity fashions, that only the good Lord above is her judge, and “you’re not God.”
The constantly rehashed conversation over the “Think Like a Man” star’s decision to flaunt her curves despite the Bible’s command for women to dress modestly, was introduced by the gossip-loving Williams.
“I’ve never had a problem with the modern way that women who are married to men of the cloth dress. I don’t have a problem with it, but a lot of your constituency does,” the 52-year-old no-holds-barred interviewer said.
Williams, who acknowledged the disparity in the upbringing of Good and her movie executive husband DeVon Franklin, noted for the audience, “DeVon is a man of the cloth and Meagan is a woman of the streets.”
Laughing at the “woman of the streets” reference, the 35-year-old who co-authored The Wait—a best-selling book on abstinence—with her spouse, replied, “I say I’m both.”
Good further explained, “I think that’s a big part of it. People are like, ‘Well, I think you need to dress appropriate.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I grew up in the business doing shows off Broadway with drag queens. This is appropriate to me, you know, for my experience.”
That’s when Williams said, “Well, let me show you how she presented a church award,” after which an image of Good’s infamous controversy-stirring, breast-baring blue dress worn at the BET Awards in 2013 popped up on the background screen.
Good collapsed onto the sofa, expressing non-verbal exasperation over the re-introduction of a four-year-old ongoing hot topic that has admittedly caused her all kinds of grief.
In her own defense, the entertainer, who is currently promoting her upcoming Lifetime film, Love by the 10th Date, premiering Saturday, June 28, said at the time she didn’t know she would presenting the “Best Gospel Artist” award.
“I didn’t even know I was presenting a church award,” Good replied, explaining that the showrunners made the last-minute change.
However, even after the wife of the Seventh Day Adventist preacher learned of the switch, she said, “I’m not gonna lie. I still didn’t think anything, because I didn’t feel that I was inappropriate. But obviously, I learned pretty quick that people had a problem with that.”
Williams followed up, “Well, if you knew you were presenting a church award—a gospel award—would you have still worn the dress anyway?”
Good answered, “I would have worn a different dress, but it still would have been sexy.”
During the intense Wendy-style grilling, little of the conversation was dedicated to Good’s upcoming Lifetime movie, which also stars Kellee Stewart, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, and Brandon T. Jackson. Williams, after all, seemed most interested in delving deeper into the discussion of the intersection of Good’s fashion and faith.
“Well, when you run into godly people in the streets, do they ever say anything to you?” the “How you doing?” coiner asked.
“Usually, a lot of women come up to me and they’re like, ‘Thank you because I wouldn’t go into church because people say I don’t look the role, or people say I don’t fit in,’” Good explained. “So, I appeal to people who have been bullied and people who have been told they’re not good enough for God when it’s like, you’re not God. Let God be God—period, point blank.”
Good, who will soon play Foxy Brown in a Hulu reboot of the 1974 film that made Pam Grier iconic, told Williams, “I don’t want to be just one thing. I want to be everything. I want to be a superhero. I want to be sexy. I want to be strong. I want to be spiritual. I want to be everything that I’m called to be and it’s a lot of things.”
The one thing it apparently isn’t is the biblical definition of modest.