The outpour of support from female artists has helped sustain Kesha during her tumultuous legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, who allegedly raped and psychologically abused the singer since the beginning of her music career. But Ariana Grande's recent response to how Kesha and other female artists in the music industry are treated differently is perhaps the most scathing — and honest — one yet.
During Grande's interview with Carson Daly on 97.1 Amp Radio last week, he asked her about her views on Kesha's unfolding lawsuit.
"I love Kesha. I worked with her when I was a lot younger. We've been friends, I support her, regardless of what's going on. I didn't know about a lot of this — at the time I was really young, we didn't discuss any of this," Grande replied.
The singer then pointed out the industry's gender bias, and said bluntly:
The incredible double standards that [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it's shocking. I mean, I would be so amused — and pardon me if this comes across as sexist — but I don't think a male artist would be in this position right now. Sorry."
"If I'm speaking out on something that I'm passionate about, I'm willing to take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in," Grande added. "And my fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about."
You go, girl.