When one thinks of gay rights, the name “Ariana Grande” isn’t always the first thing that pops up in their heads. However, according to the Huffington Post, Ms. Grande will be headlining a major gay event.
“Ariana Grande will bring her steadfast support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to the New York stage. The 21-year-old pop princess is set to headline the Dance on the Pier, which caps off New York’s LGBT Pride Week, Heritage of Pride representatives revealed in a press release.”
The announcement that Ariana Grande will headline the dance hasn’t gone down well with some in the LGBT community. One commenter after the article summarizes what others are thinking.
“Oh please. This is a big insult to gay people. What did this no-talent human ever do for gay rights except jump on the bandwagon? People like Cyndi Lauper and (especially) Madonna risked their careers for gay rights at a time when we were massively hated by everybody. I will steer far away from the concert this year.”
The announcement caused some anger on Twitter as well.
Why the hell is @ArianaGrande headlining a LGBT event? What about Lady Gaga or Madonna–two who TRULY made a difference in LGBT rights!
— Omar Lares (@Olares1988) May 13, 2015
On the gay-oriented site Towleroad, commenters after their article announcing the event were not very enthused.
“Really? What are we all 12 now?” said commenter JAKEINLOVE.
“I am only 19 and I find this absolutely disgusting. Ariana Grande? Please? Couldn’t they find someone WHO ACTUALLY CARES about gay rights than a clown singer who ONLY CARES ABOUT money?” wrote commenter Alexander The Bad.
Not everybody is disappointed with Ariana Grande headlining the event.
@ArianaGrande you've inspired me to become a vegan Kabbalist with 6 dogs and a gay brother! love u queen!
— alyssa (@spicyxbutera) May 12, 2015
@ArianaGrande so excited that you're performing at the gay pride event
— taylor (@valuablebutera) May 12, 2015
Perhaps Ariana Grande’s critics don’t realize that in the past, Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston performed at the event as well, despite not being outspoken about LGBT rights (at least during the peak of their careers). Whitney Houston spent years adamantly denying she was gay (or at least bisexual), despite a lot of evidence to the contrary.
Ariana Grande may be a good choice because many LGBT youth are fans. She has also beaten all pop stars to be named one of the sexiest women in the world. Billboard described Ms. Grande’s achievement.
“While everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna to Katy Perry all nabbed spots on the list of beautiful women, Ariana Grande ranked as the highest pop star on this year’s ranking. The ‘Love Me Harder’ singer sits at #6 on the list, following Kendall Jenner (#2), Jennifer Lawrence (#3), Kate Upton (#4) and Caroline Flack (#5).”
Even though there may be gay men (or women) who are disappointed about Grande’s headlining event, it’s doubtful there will be protests.
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