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Ariana Grande is not here for the misogynistic male gaze. The pop singer and actor is using her social media platform of 43.2 million Twitter followers to make sure her young fan base knows it’s not okay to objectify women.
Grande’s emotional and poignant post on feeling objectified was the result of an unpleasant interaction with a fan this week. While out for dinner with boyfriend and fellow musician Mac Miller on December 27, the couple was approached by a fan of Miller’s. The interaction was pleasant at first until the fan stated, “Ariana is sexy as hell man, I see you hitting that!”
The statement left Grande understandably feeling “sick” and “objectified,” saying she remained “quiet” and “hurt” throughout the hours that followed. Explaining that she’s “not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure,” Grande went on to say, “Things like that happen all the time and are the kind of moments that contribute to women’s sense of fear and inadequacy.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 28, 2016
Being sexualized by a complete stranger and having all her achievements erased in one sentence is something that unfortunately many women can relate to, which is why Grande’s post to her millions of fan, many of whom are young men, can help make a difference in how people speak to one another.
Keep speaking out and kicking butt, Ariana!