Ariana Grande took to Twitter on Tuesday to speak out against the ubiquity of female objectification in society after an abusive run-in with a misogynistic fan let her feel degraded.
According to a message from the singer shared that she and boyfriend Mac Miller were the pick of what to eat, when a young man to the couple, excited to tell Miller that he is a fan.
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“He was loud and enthusiastic and by the time that M was sitting in the driver’s seat, he was almost literally in the car with us,” Grande said. “I thought all this was fun and exciting, until he said: ‘Ariana is sexy as hell man. I see you, I see you hit!!!'”
“Hit? The f–k??” she continued. “This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I felt sick and objectified. I was also there when he said it.”
The “Dangerous Woman” singer explained that she “felt very good and evil” after the encounter, and that this is the “types of moments that contribute to women’s sense of fear and powerlessness.”
“I’m not a piece of meat that a man gets to use for his pleasure,” she wrote. “I’m a grown man in a relationship with a man who treats me with respect and love.”
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Grande went on to say that “it hurts my heart that so many young people are so comfortable” when it comes to the use of phrases that the objectification of women “with such ease.”
“We need to talk about these moments openly, because they are harmful, and they live on inside of us as a shame,” she concluded. “We need to share and be vocal when something does feel uncomfortable, because if we don’t, it will just continue. We are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS.”