Ariana Grande took to Twitter late on Tuesday night to describe an upsetting encounter she had with a young man while with her boyfriend, Mac Miller.
"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," Ariana wrote. "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!!!' *pause* Hitting that? the f*ck?"
She went on to explain that his comment made her feel "sick and objectified."
"I've felt really quiet and hurt since that moment," she wrote. "Things like [that] happen all the time and are the kinds of moments that contribute to women's sense of fear and inadequacy. I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure. I'm an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect."
She finished her note with a ringing reminder to always stay strong and know your worth: "We are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS."
Grande has not hesitated to call out sexism before—and that comment was gross on so many levels. It's not cool to talk about people like they aren't there. And it's especially disgusting to reduce a person to a mere sex object ("I see you hitting that!"). The guy shouldn't have made Grande feel uncomfortable, because no one deserves to feel uncomfortable. Girl probably just wanted some food and some chill time with her boyfriend.
One person replied to Ariana's tweet to call her "hypocritical" for getting upset when she "objectif[ies her]self " through her own music.
But Grande pointed out that there's a huge difference between singing sexually-charged lyrics and wanting to be viewed by everyone as a sex object 24/7.
When a fan asked how Mac handled the situation, the singer pointed out that it wasn't really his job to handle it, necessarily—but that he did the right thing by driving away and comforting Grande afterward.
Finally, Grande's mom Joan Grande chimed in, because feminism clearly runs in the family:
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