The internet has been buzzing with praise for Ariana Grande in observance of her generosity and support after the tragic bombing at her Dangerous Women concert in Manchester, England. Ariana has gone above and beyond to be there for her young fans scared and devastated by the tragedy, but let’s not forget that Ariana Grande has always been a wonderful role model to her young fans and her compassionate response to the tragedy is just proof she will continue to be that.
Just after the tragic attack in Manchester, Ariana Grande tweeted, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words.” The Internet flooded Ariana with support and assurance that she had nothing to apologize for in the wake of a senseless act of evil. Shortly after, Ariana Grande released a longer statement professing that “[They] are the opposite,” of the “heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday.” In her statement, she also promised fans that the victims of the attack will be “on [her] mind and in [her] heart everyday and [she] will think of them with everything [she] does for the rest of [her] life.” She also posted a link on Twitter to donate to the families of the victims and has organized a concert to aid the mourning families. Ariana Grande’s overwhelming generosity and kindness in this tragedy has proven that she will always be there for her fans. Her leap to action has set a great example for her fans to react to senseless acts of hate with kindness and support for one another. Read Ariana’s full letter here.
Her leap to action has set a great example for her fans to react to senseless acts of hate with kindness and support for one another.
Beyond setting an example to spread light in the darkness of tragedy, Ariana Grande has also been an avid activist in recent human rights efforts. Ariana joined millions of other activists marching for women’s rights in the riveting Women’s March this past January along with her grandmother and mother. Grande has also always advocated for the LGBTQ+ community. In a recent interview for V Magazine, Grande spoke out about her connection with the LGBTQ+ community. She stated, “You know, my brother’s gay, all of my friends are gay,” and that homophobia turns her into a “lunatic.” Ariana Grande has even taken to the Internet as a cyber-bully vigilante of sorts. Recently, Twitter user lolalana tweeted, “Why so many black guys turning into fagot?!” Another Twitter user combated the insensitive tweet with a positive message telling his fellow queer community to “shine kids” despite the ignorance that surrounds them.
Ariana posted a screenshot of the exchange and added, “We’re all one in the same and should be celebrated for our differences the things who make us who we are.” After getting called out for not being as sexy as another celebrity because she is not curvy enough, Ariana spoke out. In a similar Twitter debate where she was criticized for her promiscuity, she combated the critic with a powerful statement about the over-sexualiation of women. She stood her ground stating that, “expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect.” She went on to admonish the critic, “You are literally saying that if we look a certain way, we are yours to take. But we are not!!! It's our right to express ourselves.” Ari’s bravery in standing up for herself and for others in a positive and constructive way in the media has encouraged her fans to do the same.
From her involvement in human rights activism and efforts against cyberbullying to her efforts to aid victims in the Manchester tragedy, this proves that Ari is not only a role model but an everyday hero for her young fans who can feel isolated in today’s harsh political and social climate. Watch Ariana’s most recent music video to her song “Everyday” that combats ageism, body shaming, and celebrates interracial love. I think it's safe to say that Ariana Grande is one of my role models and she should be one of yours, too.