Ariana Grande Recounts ‘Sick’ Fan Encounter: ‘I Am Not A Piece of Meat’
Ariana Grande continues to use her platform to speak out against the objectification of women, this time calling out a male fan who used degrading, sexual language geared toward the "Into You" singer while speaking with her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller.
Grande continued to clarify her points made on December 27, writing on Wednesday, "seeing a lot of "but look how you portray yourself in videos and in your music! you're so sexual!" .... please hold.. next tweet... i repeat" and reminding followers of a very true fact: "expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect !!! just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault."
The "Into You" singer initially recounted her experience in a lengthy Twitter post, explaining, "Went to pick up food with my boyfriend tonight and a young boy followed us to the car to tell Mac that he's a big fan. He was loud and excited and by the time M was seated in the drivers seat he was literally almost in the car with us. 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!!!'"
Grande continued,"'Hit that?' The f--k??"
"This may not seem like a big deal to some of you but I felt sick and objectified," she wrote. "I was also sitting right there when he said it. (?)”
The "Side to Side" singer also noted she's "felt really quiet and hurt since that moment," and went on to highlight how commonplace these incidents can be for all women.
“I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure," the note continued. "I’m an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect. It hurts my heart that so many young people are so comfortable enough using these phrases and objectifying women with such ease."
Grande then implored other women to speak out about their own experiences, in an attempt to shed light on the harm of objectification.
“We need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame," she wrote. "We need to share and be vocal when something makes us feel uncomfortable because if we don’t, it will just continue. We are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS.”
Read Ariana Grande's full note above.
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