Smackdown

Ariana Grande calls out sexist radio hosts and body-shamers

(Kevin Scanlon/The New York Times)

When Ariana Grande visited Los Angeles radio station Power 106 to promote her new single “Focus,” she was confronted with the kind of inane, sexist questions female pop stars so often have to deal with — but this time she wasn’t having it. The first question — would she choose her phone or her make-up if she could use either, just one last time? — was shut down by answering: “Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between?” When the conversation veered to the use of emojis and the hosts suggested that “no man” would ever use the unicorn emoji, a clearly annoyed Grande laid into them saying: “You need brushing up on equality… who says unicorn emoji isn’t for men?” before concluding, “I changed my mind, I don’t want to hang out at Power 106 anymore.” Grande, who has frequently spoken out about sexism and gender equality in the past also took a Twitter user to task on Monday, after he had unfavorably compared her body-shape to that of Ariel Winter, the 17-year old actress who recently underwent breast reduction surgery. “Sigh… statements like this are not okay!’ Grande wrote in a short essay posted on her Instagram account. “We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. Diversity is sexy! loving yourself is sexy! You know what is NOT sexy? misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing and body shaming!!!”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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