Ariana Grande Nails the Double Standard About Women in the Industry While Supporting Kesha
Ariana Grande is taking her support for Kesha a step further: Not only is she publicly supporting Kesha after a New York Supreme Court required her to remain in her contract with Sony despite her claims of sexual assault by one of the label's major producers, but Grande is even addressing the double standards women like Kesha face when confronting their attackers.
"The incredible double standards that [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world — it's shocking," Grande told Carson Daly in a radio interview Friday, Teen Vogue reported. "And pardon me if this comes across as sexist — but I don't think a male artist would be in this position right now. Sorry."
Sony has since ended their relationship with Kesha's alleged abuser Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald; a growing list of celebrities continue to throw their support for Kesha, from Lorde to Kelly Clarkson and even Adele.
Grande is certainly correct when calling out the enormous double standard women face in cases of rape — typically, female victims are afraid to speak out of fear people won't even believe them. Complex reported 95.2% of college campus rapes won't ever be reported, according to the Department of Justice. Kesha being thrown in the spotlight while addressing her alleged sexual and physical assaults, as well as Grande's (and countless others) support, might hopefully turn the tide against such alarming statistics.
As for Grande's relationship with Kesha, the two met when they were much younger; Grande told Daly she never discussed any of the recent revelations with Kesha.
"I love Kesha. I worked with her when I was a lot younger. We've been friends, I support her, regardless of what's going on," Grande said. "I didn't know about a lot of [her problems with Dr. Luke]. At the time I was really young. We didn't discuss any of this."
Grande has been making her media rounds to promote Dangerous Woman, as well as her new single with the same name. She talked with Daly on AMP Radio to discuss the album and her latest professional endeavors, while also supporting her fellow artist.
Correction: March 15, 2016