June 8, 2015


Ariana Grande on Sexism in the Media: "I Do Not Belong to Anyone"

Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images
Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

It's an exciting time for women in pop music, largely thanks to smart ladies with big personalities, artists who have dismissed industry sexism loudly and openly. A few female artists who've become vocal about their feminist identities in recent times: Taylor SwiftHayley WilliamsFifth HarmonyBeyoncéNicki Minaj. Just to scrape the surface. 

Now, after penning a lengthy, eloquent note on Twitter dismissing the media's obsession with an antiquated double standard, we can add Ariana Grande to the list. Yesterday the "One Last Time" singer screen-grabbed an iPhone message that began:

"being 'empowered'.....is not the same as being a 'bitch'...

From there her criticisms become more pointed, calling out journalists for only asking questions about her love life. She referred specifically to a recent episode of her behind-the-scenes Honeymoon tour diaries, and to her recently ended relationship with Big Sean:

"what I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean's ex is that 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. 
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. I'm currently making the best music I've ever made in my life, having the best time of my life on your with some of the greatest people I've ever known, working my ass off every single day, performing / creating for my babes and getting the chance to meet and huge my babes all over the world every day."

Read the full note here, and check out Grande's perfect take on the Whitney Houston classic "I Have Nothing" right over here.