Ariana Grande on her politics: “If I’m not going to say it, what’s the fucking point of being here?”

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July 11, 2018
Ariana Grande on her politics: “If I’m not going to say it, what’s the fucking point of being here?” Ariana Grande   Jason Nocito for The FADER

In a new Elle profile, Ariana Grande forcefully rejected the standard of pop stars who are apolitical to avoid alienating fans.

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Grande has spoken out against Donald Trump, and in favor of gun control and Black Lives Matter. Asked by Elle if she'd ever received "backlash" from voicing her opinions, she responded:

“Of course!” she says. “There’s a lot of noise when you say anything about anything. But if I’m not going to say it, what’s the fucking point of being here? Not everyone is going to agree with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to shut up and sing my songs. I’m also going to be a human being who cares about other human beings; to be an ally and use my privilege to help educate people.” For her, the role of the artist is to “not only help people and comfort them, but also push people to think differently, raise questions, and push their boundaries mentally.”

Ariana Grande's fourth studio album Sweetener is out August 17. She's shared the singles "No More Tears Left To Cry," and "The Light Is Coming" featuring Nicki Minaj. She got engaged to SNL comedian Pete Davidson this summer.

Ariana Grande on her politics: “If I’m not going to say it, what’s the fucking point of being here?”