Pop sensation Ariana Grande prides herself on aggressively standing up for LGBTQ rights. Her concerts are a haven for the gay community and she’s made it her mission to make that known. From hosting voting booths at concert venues to writing the LGBTQ community a love note, her actions have surpassed a mere grab for ticket sales and icon status (both of which she’s nailing anyway).
Despite this, on Saturday 8 June protestors stood outside of Ariana Grande’s concert with picket signs spewing homophobic hate outside the venue. One fan recorded a protester and posted it on her Twitter, which then went viral. Given the tweet’s massive reach, it garnered enough attention to reach Ariana Grande. And she addressed the hate point blank.
fuck these dudes outside the Ariana Grande concert spreading homophobia and being fucking stupid and it took EVERYTHING in me not to kick him in the balls with me heels on pic.twitter.com/ukd3wIvrMz
— ashlin ??♀️ (@ashymakayla) June 9, 2019
Grande responded to the tweet saying:
“man… saddened but not surprised by this one bit. i’m so sorry any of my fans had to encounter this. we will do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen again. proud of u all for not fighting / engaging violently. never worth it. wishing him peace & a healed heart cause girl yikes.”
Grande’s response is so her and it’s absolutely on point. She eloquently addresses how homophobia is still a significant issue and yet wishes the bigots well. Like no thank you, next. However, she didn’t simply stop after one sweet tweet. She makes it known all are welcome at her concerts. This small instance is nothing compared to the love that’s out there.
he is highly outnumbered. you are all so celebrated and loved and safe. ?✨
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 9, 2019
She even made light of the situation by tweeting: “also, he was doing the ‘be alright’ choreo in his garage later that night, i promise.” Which I’d totally buy. I mean, the choreography is fierce.
Grande has regularly cited the LGBTQ community as one of her greatest inspirations. In her love letter to the LGBTQ community she wrote,
“I am eternally indebted to and inspired by the LGBTQ community. I hope to create anthems for you that wrap you up with comfort and make you get your best life for as long as I live. Thank you for celebrating me the way I celebrate you.”
People are hurting for the LGBTQ community – Ariana Grande’s concerts are supposed to be a safe space to celebrate who you love. And it’s also pride month in the US: a time when the LGBTQ community are celebrating how far they’ve come, only to be harassed by bigots in public.
From coming out of the closet to paving the way for marriage equality, the LGBTQ community have fought for love and acceptance through years of displacement. Every goddamn day should be Pride Day. Many are here to support your choice to love who you love. Even Ariana Grande.
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