Pop singer and former Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande said she felt “sick and objectified” after an encounter she and her boyfriend, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, had with a fan. Grande took to Twitter this week to replay the incident and offer her views on the objectification of women.
In a lengthy post, Grande said she and Miller were approached by one of Miller’s fans, a “young boy” who followed the couple to their car.
“He was loud and excited and by the time M was seated in the drivers seat he was literally almost in the car with us,” Grande wrote. “I thought it was cute and exciting until he said ‘ariana is sexy as hell man i see you, i see you hitting that!!!”
Grande repeats the expression “hitting that.”
“This may not seem like a big deal to some of you but I felt sick and objectified,” she writes. “I was also sitting right there when he said it. … I’ve felt really quiet and hurt since that moment.”
Grande adds: “Things like [this] happen all the time and are the kinds of moments that contribute to women’s sense of fear and inadequacy. I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure. I’m an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect.”
The singer goes on to say: “I felt like speaking out about this one experience tonight because I know very well that most women know the sensation of being spoken about in an uncomfortable way publicly or taken advantage off publicly by a man. We need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame.”