Earlier this week, music mogul Billboard Magazine published an article titled "8 Reasons Ariana Grande Is the Gay Icon of Her Generation" and received mixed reactions from queer online fans.
— billboard (@billboard) July 19, 2017
The pop princess is an outspoken ally for the LGBT community, and many of her songs have been hailed as gay anthems. Billboard's reasons for Grande's icon status include her "Break Free" music video, her love for her gay brother Frankie Grande, and her 2015 performance at New York City Pride.
All of those things are awesome, and I'm the first one to go off in the club when "Into You" comes on, but does allyship merit icon status? Gay icons over the years have included the likes of Celine Dion to Cher, Whitney Houston to Lady Gaga (who's backtracked on her bisexuality), but isn't it time for a self-identifying queer person to take the title?
Twitter users had many strong opinions and went back and forth in the comments:
i love ari so much but like... shouldn't the gay icon of the generation be someone who's actually gay?
— bella (@frickenzazzzed) July 19, 2017
1 reason why she is not. She's straight.
— • Dai • Delicinha • (@redIikefire) July 19, 2017
so being straight means you can't support the LGBT community…
— mols (@cashmejustin) July 19, 2017
u can, but why can't an actual lgbt+ person be an icon to the community? straights don't even know our struggles, let em stay in their lane.
— bella (@bellarosemand) July 19, 2017
She also incorporates lgbtq visuals & themes in all her concerts & several music videos. Inclusivity is a bigger deal than her impressions.
— H (@heleenamck) July 20, 2017
No, Miley and Gaga are
— Rafa Olivera (@RafaOlivera_b) July 19, 2017
Ariana is talented, but she still needs more time to artistically develop before she can be an icon of anything.
— Strategy Closet (@StrategyCloset) July 19, 2017
But here's the real question of the hour...if the gays love Ariana so much, why did y'all let "Be Alright" flop?
Is Ariana Grande the gay icon of our generation? Who should it be instead?