Ariana Grande Claps Back At Claims She's "Exploiting" The LGBT Community
Ariana Grande has been forced to claps back at the trolls once again.
Earlier this week it was announced that Ariana will be headlining the upcoming Pride festival in Manchester. While the singers fans were *literally screaming* with excitement, some took issue with the choice of performer.
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— Manchester Pride (@ManchesterPride) February 25, 2019
"Ariana headlining pride whe she's straight (as far as we're all aware)...and doubling the price of tickets...kinda smells like exploitation of the LGBT community to me," one Twitter user wrote.
idk .... ariana headlining pride when she’s straight (as far as we’re all aware) .... and doubling the price of tickets .... kinda smells like exploitation of the lgbt community to me .....
— 🏁 (@raininjulyvinyl) February 25, 2019
This did NOT go down well with Ariana, who took to Twitter to defend herself.
"Hi my love. I have nothing to do with ticket pricing - Manchester Pride sets those rates, and they're mostly out of my control. The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. The relationships I have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so so happy," she tweeted in a note.
i saw many people discussing this so i wanted to chime in.... hope that’s okay 🖤🌫 pic.twitter.com/7joiZwI1QS
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 27, 2019
"I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. And also I wanna visit a city that means so much to me. LGBTQ representation is incredibly important, and I'm always proud to share the stafe with LGBTQ artists!"
"Over the years, pride events have been headlined by performers and artists of all sexual orientations and genders, including straight allies like Cher and Kylie Minogue. I do think there's room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an LGBTQ community."
"If you truly feel like I didn't deserve to be offered this spot, I respect that. But I did accept it excitedly and gratefully. I'm not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement - I just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That's all I wanna do."
Well said, Ariana!
Ariana Grande vs The Trolls