Ariana Grande, who just released her newest album, Dangerous Woman, recently spoke to Billboard Magazine about the double standards that the media create in showbusiness. The 22-year-old star mentioned how she’s sick of women being identified by famous men and how body shaming happens to women more than men.
In the interview, Grande shows the journalist screenshots on her phone from a U.K. radio station. In the photos, there are tweets which praise Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik for showing skin, and some which shame Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian West for doing the same. The singer, who was clearly not impressed by this, said, “If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration.”
Grande also commented on the on-going trend news outlets have created where they always call famous female singer “somebody’s ex”. She is tired of the fact that women can’t be recognized for their own talent and that they are always linked to a man, even when it’s not relevant. She told Billboard, “I’ll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name.”
Additionally, Grande commented on the media’s obsession with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s relationship, even though they haven’t been together for a long time now. She finds it distasteful how Gomez is being treated by the public. Although she didn’t say their names, it’s pretty obvious who she was talking about. She said, “I saw a headline — draw your own conclusions [on the subjects] because it’ll be so much drama that I don’t want — they called someone another someone’s ex, and that pissed me off. This person has had so many great records in the last year, and she hasn’t been dating him forever. Call her by her name!”
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