Ariana Grande speaks out about objectification after fan encounter – USA TODAY
Ariana Grande felt objectified after an encounter with one of Mac Miller’s fans. She took to Twitter to explain her feelings on the matter. Keri Lumm (@thekerilumm) reports.
Ariana Grande has a Problem with our culture’s reductive view of women, and sheâs not going to be silent about it anymore.
In a message posted to Twitter Tuesday night, Grande shared that she and her beau, The Way collaboratorÂ Mac Miller, were picking up food when they had a run-in with one of Millerâs fans. “He was loud and excited and by the time M was seated in the driverâs seat, he was literally almost in the car with us,” Grande explained. “I thought all of this was cute and exciting until he said, ‘Ariana is sexy as hell, man. I see you. I see you hitting that!”
For Grande, being discussed as if she were not present â and being reduced to a “piece of meat” in the process â left her feeling “sick and objectified.”
But the singer, who admits that sheâs been “really quiet and hurt since that moment,” says she refuses to recoil from the broader issue the incident reflects: The pervasive dehumanization of women. “Things like (this) happen all the time and are the kinds of moments that contribute to women’s sense of fear and inadequacy,” she wrote.
“We need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame,” she continued. “We need to share and be vocal when something makes us feel uncomfortable because if we donât, it will just continue.”
In response to a fan who argued that Grande objectified herself in her music, Grande outlined the difference between women practicing agency over their bodies and their sexuality and men viewing them as parts and encroaching on their autonomy.
“Women expressing sexuality is often mistaken for ‘hi come disrespect me,’ and thatâs just not the case,” Grande wrote. “Women (and men) can express themselves however theyâd like!!! Even loving sex!! This is not an invitation to be disrespected.”