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Ariana Grande Defends Anti-Objectification Comments: "Sexuality in Art Is Not an Invitation for Disrespect"

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Ariana Grande performs at the AMAs.

The singer responded to critics via Twitter on Wednesday.

After Ariana Grande shared a story about a fan objectifying her while she was out with boyfriend Mac Miller on Tuesday (Dec. 27), she received backlash for being a bit "hypocritical" — and the 23-year-old singer was quick to defend herself.

Grande revealed on Twitter that a male fan of Miller's told the rapper, "Ariana is sexy as hell, man; I see you, I see you hitting that," while she was sitting right next to him, a comment that made her feel "sick and objectified." She declared in an angry post that she is "not a piece of meat," to which some fans made comments that only furthered Grande's frustration.

"Seeing a lot of 'but look how you portray yourself in videos and in your music! you're so sexual!'" Grande later tweeted. "Expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect !!! just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault ...You are literally saying that if we look a certain way, we are yours to take. But we are not !!! It's our right to express ourselves."

In her original post, Grande encouraged her fellow females to speak up whenever they felt uncomfortable about the way they are being talked to or treated, as objectification will only continue if they don't. She definitely kept her word.

See all of Grande's tweets below.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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