yourfave (urfave) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Ariana Grande responds to criticism about headlining Manchester Pride

Yesterday it was announced that Ariana Grande would be headlining at Manchester Pride this year. Not everybody was thrilled about this, with some suggesting that prices were raised to book her, claiming this was 'exploitation' of the LGBTQ+ community, and that it was inappropriate to have a straight person headline.

"Hi my love, I have nothing to do with ticket pricing – Manchester Pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control.

The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. The relationships I have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so, so happy. I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me.

And also I wanna visit a city that means so much to me. LGBTQ representation is incredibly important, and I’m always proud to share the stage with LGBTQ artists!

Over the years, pride events have been headlined by performers and artists of all sexual orientations and genders, including straight allies like Cher and Kylie Minogue.

I do think there’s room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an LGBTQ audience with
exploitation of the LGBTQ community.

If you truly feel like I didn’t deserve to be offered this sport, I respect that. I’m not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement – I just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That’s all I wanna do."

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Tags: ariana grande, lgbtq / rights

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