Ariana Grande is not afraid to share her beliefs, politics and opinions. She’s been recently talking about her mental health, Black Lives Matter and gun reform. And now Grande is calling out other celebs who aren’t using their platform for political activism.
In her latest interview with Elle magazine, she opened up about why she’s so vocal about these issues. “That’s wild to me,” Grande told Elle when asked about celebrities who are scared to lose their fan base over politics.
She said she’s received backlash from her politic but these issues are bigger than her. “There’s a lot of noise when you say anything about anything. But if I’m not going to say it, what’s the f***ing point of being here?” she asked. “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.”
Grande said her role is to “not only help people and comfort them, but also push people to think differently, raise questions, and push their boundaries mentally.”
But Grande isn’t encouraging her fans to hate on people with differing views. “Everyone has to have uncomfortable conversations with their relatives,” she said. “Instead of unfriending people on Facebook who share different political views, comment! Have a conversation! Try to spread the f***ing light.”
Grande even opened up the Manchester attack and experiencing how destructive hate and ignorance can be. ““You see it on the news, you tweet the hashtag,” Grande stated. “It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. It makes you sad, you think about it for a little, and then people move on. But experiencing something like that firsthand, you think of everything differently.…”