Ariana Grande is sick of the tabloid rumors and sexist reports that speculate who she is dating. The fed up pop star took to social media to slam those sexist critics in a lengthy essay. This came on the heels of Ariana’s interview with The Sun where she quashed rumors of her allege romance with One Direction’s Niall Horan.
On Sunday morning, Ariana Grande, 21, shared her important message with her 29 million Twitter followers. She called out the sexist media and haters that judge women for who they’re dating. She stated that she wants to be known as Ariana Grande, not so and so’s significant other or ex-girlfriend.
Grande starts out her statement by saying, “Being empowered is not the same thing as being a ‘b***h.’ Having something to say is not the same as having a bad attitude.” Grande also referenced Gloria Steinem and the double standards men and women face when it comes to dating, relationships, and casual sex. According to CNN, Grande’s powerful statement received more than 27,000 tweets in less than two hours.
Even Taylor Swift, 25, responded to Ariana Grande’s essay. The “Bad Blood” singer took to Twitter to say that she supports the “One Last Time” singer for sharing her sentiments.
@ArianaGrande I’m so proud of you, always. But especially today. “She will need her sisterhood.” — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 7, 2015
Does that mean that Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift have changed their views about feminism? Swift has been embracing the feminist movement ever since she dropped her 1989 album last fall. When she topped Maxim’s “Hot 100” list, Swift shared her changed views on feminism.
“Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, ‘Oh, feminism’s not really on my radar,’ it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn’t as threatening. I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived. A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.”
As for Ariana, she hasn’t outwardly spoken about her feminist views until recently. Late last year, the singer took to Twitter to slam Bette Midler’s comments about her costumes and performances. Ariana even included a photo of the legendary singer in her iconic mermaid costume. Some fans thought that Ariana threw shade at Bette, but she admitted she had nothing but love for the 68-year-old performer.
Ariana Grande also shot down the reports about her dating Niall Horan. She told The Sun in her Sunday morning interview that two people of the opposite sex can be friends. Grande didn’t seem to be pleased with the interviewer’s question.
“A girl can be friends with something with a d**k and not hop on it. We live in a horrendously one-track-minded world. I’m tired of needing to be linked to a guy. I’m not Big Sean’s ex, I’m not Niall’s possible girl. I’m Ariana Grande. If that’s not enough, then don’t talk to me! I’m on this feminist rampage at the moment. I’m me. I’m Ariana. Peace out.”
It looks like Ariana is growing up and changing in the public eye. She’s not the demure and timid singer that started on a Nickelodeon show. Ariana is showing the world that she’s a woman who can handle herself. What are your thoughts on Ariana Grande’s views about the double standards with relationships and dating?
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