Ariana Grande is one busy woman. When she’s not releasing music videos with Nicki Minaj or dropping remix songs featuring her surprising rap skills, she’s clapping back at Ryan Seacrest for invasive interview questions.
During an interview this week for On Air with Ryan Seacrest, posted here by the Huffington Post, Ryan Seacrest asked Ariana if a recent Instagram post confirmed that she was dating rapper Mac Miller.
The picture, which Ariana posted a week ago and captioned “baabyy,” shows Miller cuddling Grande.
Many assumed that the photo confirmed Ariana and Miller’s relationship, but when Seacrest asked about it, Grande wasn’t ready to go there.
The singer replied to his question, “Is that what Instagram means to you now? All right, world, let’s go.”
When Ryan attempted to point out that she had posted the picture publicly, so he was entitled to ask about it, Ariana wasn’t feeling it.
“If I post something, that’s what I’m willing to share at the moment. But it doesn’t mean that you, Ryan Seacrest, with millions of listeners, are entitled to more information.”
Sorry, Ryan! Looks like Ariana Grande can be quite the “Dangerous Woman” if she doesn’t like your interview questions.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Grande has clapped back at interviewers or shut down rude comments. Let’s look at a few more instances of Ariana telling it like it is.
“I Do Not Belong to Anyone”
Tired of inane relationship questions, Ariana sent an essay to Hollywood Life outlining her message of self-worth and self-empowerment.
“I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present, or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION. I… do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.”
It’s rare for stars to call out media outlets for their behavior, but Ariana does that and more. She takes it one step further by sending her message directly to the press.
“I have clearly not been having the boy questions in my interviews lately because I have come to the realization that I have SO. MUCH. MORE. to talk about.”
A little foreshadowing of the Ryan Seacrest interview, huh, Ariana?
“I Think It’s Time You Get Your Head out of Your A**”
Like most celebrities, Ariana is no stranger to receiving hurtful, abusive messages online. But after commenters wrote rude, slut-shaming comments on this Facebook photo promoting her “Dangerous Woman” music video, Ariana had enough.
“When will people stop being offended by women showing skin / expressing sexuality? Men take their shirts off / express their sexuality on stage, in videos, on Instagram, anywhere they want to… all. the. time.”
Grande commented back, reminding her audience of the double standard enforced by the media and society. As a pop star who performs in outfits that are often tight or revealing, Ariana is often targeted for her choice of clothing.
Ariana wasn’t done there, though.
“The double standard is so boring and exhausting. With all due respect, I think it’s time you get your head out of your a**. ♡ Woman can love their bodies too!! ♡”
That sums up Ariana’s attitude perfectly: cutesy hearts and messages of love and kindness mixed in with brutal honesty.
“You Need a Little Brushing Up On Equality”
In an interview with Power 106, Ariana took the time to inform radio DJs Justin Credible and Eric D-Lux on the two most important topics in the world: gender equality and unicorn emoji.
The DJs condescendingly asked Ariana how long she can go without using her phone, to which Grande responded “many hours” exasperatedly. When the radio hosts said “listen and learn, ladies!” to make Ariana a role model for other women, implying that most girls can’t stay off their phones, Ariana wasn’t having any of it.
“Boys learn!” Grande replied. “Boys and girls. We can all learn.”
Later, the hosts refused to admit to Ariana that men, as well as women, can and should use the unicorn emoji. And why shouldn’t everyone use it? It’s delightful.
Ariana wasn’t having any unicorn emoji slander.
“You need a little brushing up on equality over here, this one! Who says the unicorn emoji isn’t for men? Come on!”
“If You Wanted to Call Me a Diva, I’d Say Cool”
In an interview with the Telegraph, Ariana called out the media outlets who had been calling her a diva.
“I think a lot of people don’t know what the word ‘diva’ means. If you want to call me a diva I’ll say, ‘Um, well, cool.’ Barbra Streisand is a diva; that’s amazing. Celine Dion is a diva; thank you. But if you want to call me a b***h, that’s not accurate. Because it’s just not in my nature.”
Instead of just insulting her haters, Grande takes the time to educate them and show them her point of view. Ariana has no problem with being a diva — that much is clear from her assertive personality and flamboyant stage persona — and she’s not going to apologize for sticking up for herself.
As Ryan Seacrest and many others have learned over the years, Ariana Grande is a diva you don’t want to mess with.
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