Tired of being judged on the men she dates and by the guys she is friends with, singer Ariana Grande has finally hit back in an empowering essay which she hopes will put an end to ‘boy questions.’At just 21 years old Ariana Grande already has a truly successful career under her belt. As well as being a prolific actress – including a popular stint on Broadway – she is also a top selling music artist who has also enjoyed a series of number one hits. Yet, when it comes to interviews the pop star’s accolades are often shunned with the media preferring to focus on the latest guy she is speaking to.
After one question too far, the star has hit back penning a thought-provoking letter, which she published on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, allowing the world to see her frustration.
In the long note, Ariana blasts double standards and “ever present” misogyny in the industry. She said: “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 interview 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 tour with some of the greatest people I’ve ever known, working my a** off every single day, performing/creating for my babes and getting the chance to meet and hug my babes all over the world every day.
“I come from a bloodline of female activists. My aunt Judy was the first Italian American female president of the national press club in Washington DC. I think she would have been proud of me for speaking up about something that has been bothering me personally for so long.
“Gloria Steinem published an article in 1969 titled “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation…”
and 46 years later … and we’re still not there yet!”
You can read Ariana Grande’s full letter here.
Misogyny in showbusiness has been a hot topic of contention recently from the Sony hacking scandal that revealed the meager wages of female actors compared to their male counterparts to Patricia Arquette making an impassioned speech about inequality in Hollywood. While Ariana’s letter powerful letter might not stop sexism in the industry it might hopefully make people stand up and listen… and that’s something…
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