Ariana Grande's Been Fighting Small-Mindedness All Week and She's Winning

November 3rd 2015

Omri Rolan

If you're an Ariana Grande fan (or even if you're not), you have probably seen a video of the Focus singer taking on white, male privilege head on during a Power 106 radio "interview."

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Grande spent what seems like the majority of the segment letting men (who I am told live in the year 2015) that girls think about more than makeup and that boys are allowed to use the unicorn emoji even if they are not effeminate.

And while we will certainly break that down, a little digging shows that the pop signer doesn't only stand up for equality across genders, sexualities, and identities on promotional tours while she's trying to sell records—Grande's actually been serving these Venti-sized lessons in acceptance all week long.

Sunday 11/01

The day after Halloween, Ariana posted and Instagram of her and a couple of friends in some last-minute costumes from the night before. The photo featured Grande's pal and creator of @SheHasHadIt, Jarvis Derrell, in one of the dance outfits from Grande's Focus video.

One Instagram commenter took the opportunity to philosophize on a matter of race and sexuality as follows:

Why so many black guys turning into fagot?! - @lolalana_

In response, Grande posted a follow up photo with Derrell's response to the sweeping judgment of his costume.


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Alongside Derrell's comment, Ariana added:

To all humans, friends, lovers dealing with hate, "shine on"!! To everybody battling homophobia, racism, sexism, ageism, misogyny or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable or like you cannot be yourself. we're all one in the same & should be CELEBRATED FOR OUR DIFFERENCES AND THE THINGS THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE. the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can get rid of all this UGLY IGNORANCE. thank you, next.

Monday 11/02

Ariana Grande and Ariel Winter

Yesterday, some creep crawled all up in Ariana's mentions unprompted saying that he prefers "curvy" Modern Family actress Ariel Winter to "stick" Ariana Grande.

Though she could have ignored the troll, Grande took the opportunity to address body-shaming.


The singer also included the following message to her followers:

here we go again.... I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling this way today!! in case you need a reminder, you're beautiful ✨ it's a beautiful day to be yourself !!

Which brings us to the present.

The well-deserved recognition Ariana is getting for the smackdown she layed on these misogynistic radio hosts. Here are the highlights:

  1. Ariana is asked what she would choose if she had to pick between makeup and her cellphone.
  2. Ariana corrects the radio DJs when they say she's not dependent on her phone. The men then tell all their female listeners to follow suit, but Ariana knows that phone usage is not dependent on gender.
  3. When asked about the new emojis, Ariana says the unicorn is one of her favorites. The Brodio DJs reaffirm their masculinity by saying they didn't notice that one and only use the taco and the middle finger emojis. Cool, guys. Ariana's response:
  4. Ariana's iconic response to the radio DJ's "Well, Boys..." comment.
  5. When the DJ's repeatedly insist that real "men" can't use th unicorn emoji, Ariana brings it home.
  6. When asked what she wants to change about the world, Ariana's answer burns so good.

Way to go Ari! Keep fighting the good fight.

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