Every Time Ariana Grande Has Fired Back at Sexism
WHEN SHE CLAPPED BACK AFTER BEING OBJECTIFIED BY A MALE FAN
On Dec. 27, the 23-year-old singer posted on her social media accounts about a troubling experience she had after getting food with her boyfriend, musician and rapper Mac Miller. They had met a young boy who “was loud and excited” and told Miller he was “a big fan.”
"I thought all of this was cute and exciting until he said 'ariana is sexy as hell man i see you, i see you hitting that!!!'" the Dangerous Woman singer wrote. "This may not seem like a big deal to some of you but I feel sick and objectified,” Grande continued. “I was also sitting right there when he said it.” She said that she experiences moments like these “all the time” and that they “contribute to women’s sense of fear and inadequacy." "I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure," she added. "I'm an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect."
WHEN SHE SCHOOLED TROLLS WHO ACCUSED HER OF 'OBJECTIFYING HERSELF'
After Grande posted the account of her experience with the young Mac Miller fan, Twitter users accused her of being a hypocrite. One person tweeted: "yet you objectify yourself in your music..... I mean I'm glad you are standing up for women but you're also a tad hypocritical." Grande's response was clear: a woman can be sexual without inviting disrespect. She tweeted back, "that's the thing. women expressing sexuality is often mistaken for "hi come disrespect me!!!!".. & that's just not the case."
WHEN SHE SLAMMED SEXIST DOUBLE STANDARDS
In Billboard‘s May cover story, Grande cited tweets from a U.K. radio station that praised Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik for shirtless photo shoots but shamed Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian West. "If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration,” she said.
WHEN SHE REFUSED TO PLAY INTO STEREOTYPES
In November 2015, she schooled two Los Angeles deejays for sexist questions about whether she’d choose her phone over using makeup. Grande responded: “Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between? Is this men assuming that’s what girls would have to choose between?”
WHEN SHE STOOD UP FOR KESHA AMID HER LEGAL BATTLE WITH DR. LUKE
Grande refused to shy away from speaking up about sexism in the music industry, especially when it came to the struggles facing Kesha. “The incredible double standard that we [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it’s shocking," she told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio‘s The Daly Download. "I would be so amused, and pardon me if this comes across as sexist, but I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now. Sorry. If I’m speaking about something that I’m passionate about, I’m willing to take the brunt for fighting in what I believe in and my fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”