Ariana Grande is certainly a gay icon in the making. At a recent gay pride appearance, she even called out the four Supreme Court justices who voted against gay marriage. Just Jared quoted Grande speaking her mind during a performance.
“Make some noise if you think the Supreme Court justices who voted against gay marriage should get their heads out of their f**king a**es and join the g*****n celebration. Make some noise if you’ve got one less problem without them motherf**kers.”
After the article on Just Jared, Ariana Grande was highly criticized in the comments section.
“Yeah, she sounds so grown up, using the F word. She’s only doing this to get attention. Yawn,” wrote commenter MollyBD.
However, one commenter also defended Ariana Grande.
“Or it could simply be the fact that she has a gay brother, whom she loves and supports?” wrote commenter Nick.
It seems as if Ariana Grande’s fans have been hitting the Internet in droves lately to defend Grande against the accusation that she is exploiting the gay community for money and relevance. The accusations once again popped up this past weekend.
@ArianaGrande Happy Birthday you loser. Stop using the gay community to sell records!
— Rihanna Smith (@RihannaBSmith) June 27, 2015
@ArianaGrande Happy bday, but please stop appropriating our community for your selfish needs. You have talent and don't need to exploit us.
— Omar Lares (@Olares1988) June 27, 2015
However, Ariana’s fans have gone on Twitter and other places to defend her. On a recent Inquisitr article about the subject, commenter Edwin Drost says what a lot of Grande’s gay fans are thinking.
“This is so incredibly disgusting how people twist everything around to make someone look bad who always has supported the LGBT commity [sic] since a very young age”
Drost then notes that Ariana has a gay brother, has performed in gay bars, wrote an essay against bullying, and went to gay festivals with her brother. However, that doesn’t matter to some gay people, who have a history of bashing those who supported them from the beginning.
When Lady Gaga released “Born This Way” in February of 2011, accusations that she was exploiting the gay community with all her shenanigans hit the mainstream. Gaga faced a lot more backlash than Ariana Grande has in recent weeks. The Daily Beast even ran an article on how the gay community was turning against Gaga over “Born This Way.”
“Still, it does seem fair to say that Gaga’s song hits people over the head in a way that Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues’ and Prince’s ‘Sign O the Times’ did not. If she was aiming for poetry and metaphor, she came up a little short.”
Since then, Lady Gaga started the Born This Way Foundation, which was later accused of using gay men to commit tax fraud. Gaga and her mother aggressively denied the accusations. The lesson to learn seems to be that if you want to be a gay icon, expect backlash from certain LGBT members who think their community is being exploited.
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