Ariana Grande Speaks Out On Twitter About Being Objectified By A Male Fan

"We are not objects or prizes."

Ariana Grande is making her voice heard about an issue affecting far too many women, both in the spotlight and out of it. On Tuesday night, the singer took to Twitter to share a recent fan encounter that made her feel objectified and uncomfortable.

Grande was picking up food with her boyfriend Mac Miller when they were followed to their car by a "loud and excited" young man. She writes that she found the meeting to be "cute and exciting" until the fan made an inappropriate comment to Miller about her "sexy" appearance. "[I] see you hitting that," he apparently said.

"This may not seem like a big deal to some of you but I felt sick and objectified," Grande wrote. "I was also sitting right there when he said it."

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"Things like [this] happen all the time and are the kinds of moments that contribute to women's sense of fear and inadequacy," she continued. "I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure. I'm an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect."

Grande shared her disappointment that "so many young people are so comfortable using these phrases and objectifying women with such ease," and said she wanted to speak out "because I know very well that most women know the sensation of being spoken about in an uncomfortable way publicly or taken advantage of publicly by a man."

"We are not objects or prizes," Grande wrote. "We are QUEENS."

The message has already been retweeted thousands of times. She wasn't without her detractors, however. One user accused her of being "hypocritical" because of her sexy persona. Grande responded by defending women's right to be sexual without inviting disrespect.

Grande has spoken out about women's issues in the past. Last year, she shut down sexist interview questions from a pair of radio DJs, and in May, she pointed out a double standard in how society responds to male and female artists showing skin: "If you're going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration."

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