Ariana Grande is speaking up and supporting Kesha in her ongoing legal battle with Sony and producer Dr Luke.
Grande opened up about her very public support of Kesha during an interview on The Daly Download with Carson Daly on March 11, where she candidly spoke up for the popstar and admitted that she doesn’t believe a male artist would be in the same position as Kesha.
“I love Kesha, I worked with her when I was a lot younger and we’ve been friends, I support her, regardless of what’s going on,” Grande began, confessing that despite the two once being friends, she did not know about Kesha’s allegations of rape and sexual abuse against Dr Luke.
“The incredible double standards that we face, on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it’s shocking,” Ariana continued, speaking of women around the world. “I would be so amused, and pardon me if this is… if this comes across as sexist, but I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now. Sorry.”
Carson then quizzed Ariana if she was worried that being so outspoken regarding Kesha’s case may harm her own career, to which Grande eloquently replied that she was willing to whether any storms in order to speak out about something she’s deeply passionate about.
“If I’m speaking out about something I’m passionate about I’m willing to take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in,” Ariana Grande told Daly. “My fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”
Ariana Grande first opened up about her support for Kesha on social media on February 19 when Ariana told her more than 37 million Twitter followers that her “heart is with [Kesha]” alongside a purple heart emoji.
But this certainly isn’t the first time Ariana Grande has spoken out about gender inequality and her unwavering support of other women.
Last year, Ariana posted an inspiring message on her Twitter page in support of women’s rights, as she slammed tabloids for referring to her as “Big Sean’s ex” following their split.
Writing in the post that she comes “from a long line of female activists” in the message, Grande wrote to her millions of followers that she had not been addressing her recent break-up “because I have come to the realization that I have SO. MUCH. MORE. to talk about.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 7, 2015
“I know y’all already know this but the double standard and misogyny are still ever present,” Grande continued in her lengthy, feminist message. “I can’t wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they’re dating/married to/attached to, having sex with (or not) / seen with…but by their value as an individual.”
“I want people reading this to know that they are MORE THAN enough on their own,” Ariana Grande continued, urging her fans to “please help each other.”
Grande proudly celebrated International Women’s Day via social media, tweeting on March 8, “happy international women’s day!….. I mean week……. I mean month…… I mean year……. I mean life…..”
Ariana also celebrated the big day on Instagram, posting an inspiring quote by poet Rupi Kaur that read, “What’s the greatest lesson a woman could learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.”
Ariana captioned the inspiring quote, “happy international women’s day (every day is women’s day).”
Listen to Ariana Grande discussing Kesha and gender issues on The Daly Download with Carson Daly below.
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