Ariana Grande says if it were a man in Kesha’s position, this wouldn’t be happening.
Grande was one of Kesha’s first famous supporters following news a judge denied Kesha’s injunction to record outside of Sony/Kemosabe records and away from Dr. Luke. She Tweeted fans, “My heart is with @KeshaRose. ?”
Grande is making the rounds this morning to promote her newly-released single “Dangerous Woman.” During a new interview with Carson Daly for The Daly Download, Kesha came up and Grande came to her defense.
“I love Kesha,” Grande said. “I worked with her when I was a lot younger. We’ve been friends, I support her, regardless of what’s going on. I didn’t know about a lot of this, at the time I was really young. We didn’t discuss any of this. The incredible double standards that we [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it’s shocking. I would be so amused, 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.”
We’d like to address Grande’s statement she’d be “so amused” if a male artist was in the same position as Kesha right now and assume she spoke before thinking.
They asked Grande if she was worried about being so open with her support of Kesha.
“If I’m speaking out about something I’m passionate about,” she continued, “I’m willing to take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in. And my fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”