Ariana Grande is climbing up the charts with her new single “Dangerous Woman,” and she’s shutting down a few haters along the way.
After releasing the first “visual” for the sultry single in March, a Facebook user criticized the clip in the comments section on Grande’s official page, saying it “salts like whore.”
Grande did not take kindly to the sexist view, responding with a declaration of her own: “When will people stop being offended by women showing skin / expressing sexuality? men take their shirts off / express their sexuality on stage, in videos, on instagram, anywhere they want to… all. the. time,” she wrote. “The double standard is so boring and exhausting. with all due respect, i think it’s time you get your head out of your ass. women can love their bodies too!!”
Grande has publicly stood up against sexism in the music industry in the past, issuing a “feminist manifesto” on social media in June 2015, where she asserted that she comes from a “long bloodline of female activists,” including an aunt she claims was the first Italian-American female president of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “If a woman even TALKS about sex openly…. she is shamed! But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used ‘bitches’/’hoes’ … how lovely) he’s had… he is regaled,” the post reads. “I can’t wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they’re dating / married to, having sex with (or not) / seen with…. but by their value as an individual.”
Dangerous Woman, the singer’s new album, is expected to drop May 20. “[This album] is a lot stronger. I want to be empowering my fans,” Grande previously said of the project, which will feature collaborations with Lil’ Wayne, Macy Gray, Nicki Minaj, and Future, during a Twitcam chat in March.
Watch the full “Dangerous Woman” visual in the music video below.