- Ariana Grande is headlining the Pride Festival in Manchester, England, this August.
- Some of her followers feel she’s exploiting the LGBTQ community, so she just responded to them.
This summer, Ariana Grande is heading to Manchester, England, to headline the Pride Festival there, but that isn’t sitting well with some of her followers. After some fans said it was weird that a straight artist was picked to headline the event and accused the organisers of exploiting the LGBTQ community, Ariana decided to respond directly to them.
But first, here’s exactly why they felt like the whole thing is exploitative. Before it was announced that Ari was the headliner, ticket prices were more affordable. Once she was put at the top of the lineup, reports say ticket prices immediately went up. The account that called attention to the ticket pricing and Ariana’s performance said it is a 'weird/uncomfortable' situation but made sure to add that they’re not blaming Ariana.
The original tweet from the account amassed 62,000 likes, and Ariana saw it and decided to explain why she accepted the gig. She wrote, 'Hi, my love. I have nothing to do with ticket pricing—Manchester pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control.'
She went on to describe how important the community is to her by writing, '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 happy. I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me.'
Ariana also noted how straight artists like Cher and Kylie Minogue have performed at Pride events and believes 'there’s room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an LGBTQ audience with exploitation of the LBGTQ community.'
Ultimately, Ariana said she respects what they have to say and is 'not claiming to be the hero of the community,' but she 'excitedly and gratefully' accepted the invitation to perform at the festival to help her fans feel supported.