Ariana Grande is under fire again, but this time it's from the queer community. At the end of her music video for "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored," it appears the star is about to kiss her lookalike, who's supposed to be dating her ex-boyfriend. She also flirts with her throughout the entire video. 

Grande has never openly identified as queer, so queer fans weren't happy when they felt she was using a queer relationship to get their attention. This isn't the first time she's been accused of appropriation. We haven't forgotten about that hand tattoo

Ariana Grande has seen massive success with the latest single from Thank U, Next. 

Grande's single "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" has quickly become a hit. It has close to 47 million views on YouTube after being up for only a handful of days. 

Queer fans aren't too stoked about it, though. They claim Grande is "queerbaiting" in the music video.

Queerbaiting is a term that is used when media aimed at a primarily heterosexual audience uses queer elements to attract a queer audience. Then, once that queer audience is obtained, heteronormativity ensues.

Lots of your favorite pop culture icons are guilty of queerbaiting. Riverdale's done it twice.

Archie and Joaquin kiss on "The Great Escape" episode of Riverdale. Joaquin has been a gay character since the first season, but Archie has always been straight. Joaquin used the kiss as a distraction  to catch Archie off guard and stab him. 

The pilot episode of the show was also heavily marketed with a scene in which Betty and Veronica kiss solely to shock audiences.

Rihanna and Shakira did this in the "I Can't Remember to Forget You" music video. 

Neither Rihanna nor Shakira have come out as queer, and neither of them has shown any kind of public affection toward other women. That didn't stop them from touching each other and almost kissing in their hyper-sexual 2014 collaboration. 

In Grande's music video, she and her ex's new girlfriend get pretty hot and heavy.

You would think that with a song title like that, Grande would be looking to hook up with her ex, played by Riverdale star Charles Melton. But if you watch the music video, things take a turn. Grande at times looks more flirtatious with this new girlfriend. The video treats this more like a plot twist than an actual desire to portray bisexuality.

Queer Twitter ripped the video to shreds over the exploitation it felt.

"Wlw," short for "women who like women," already have a hard enough time having their relationships taken seriously. People use the sexualization of lesbian relationships to attract lesbians and straight men who have a lesbian fetish. This also includes feminine-presented people in queer relationships. 

Queer people have waited a long time to see authentic representations of themselves in the media, so imagine their disappointment when they see that it's fake. 

Some people came to Grande's defense by saying the song is really referencing self-love. 

This fan says that Grande is using the video to show that she's leaving the guy alone to focus on herself. That explains why the new girlfriend looks so similar to Grande and why there are scenes where the two women are shown interchangeably. 

The lyrics of the song, on the other hand, don't really support a self-love interpretation.

The lyrics are talking about wanting to be with someone who has a girlfriend. Unless she's having sex with herself, this sounds like wanting to be with someone else's man.  

Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored
You can hit in the mornin' (Mornin')
Yeah, yeah, like it's yours
I know it ain't right
But I don't care (Care)
Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored

 Fans also (incorrectly) theorized that Grande came out as bisexual in her song "Thank U, Next."

There's a line in "Thank U, Next" where she sings about meeting someone new: "And her name is Ari." Some people misheard the lyric and thought she said, "Aubrey," insinuating a new relationship with another woman. That was enough for fans to think Grande came out, but she's still very straight. If anything, that song is about self-love. 

Grande does have a history of supporting the LGBT community, though.

Last year, for Pride Month, Grande wrote a "love letter" to the community in Billboard. In part, it reads: 

There is nothing more infectious than the joy and love that the LGBTQ community exudes. I grew up with a gay brother whose every move I would emulate. I idolized him. Everything Frankie did, I would do. I can’t remember a difference between Frankie before he came out and Frankie after he came out. He’s always just been Frankie. Sexuality and gender were never topics my family and I were afraid to discuss. When Frankie came out, my surprisingly unfazed (for his age) grandfather said, “Congrats! Can we go to dinner now? I’m fuckin' hungry.”

This is nice and all, but it doesn't give her an excuse to use the queer community for her own personal gain.

But this isn't the first time Grande's been accused of exploiting a culture she doesn't belong to.

In her "Thank U, Next" music video, Grande was accused of blackface because her tan is so incredibly dark — she received similar claims for her "Breathin'" video. Some felt she made fun of trans women, too, when she had a straight man dress up like a woman for comedic effect.

She's been accused of appropriating Japanese culture and black culture on multiple occasions.

Grande has Japanese on the cover of her Thank U, Next album, and it's all over her "7 Rings" music video. She also has another Japanese tattoo aside from the infamously misspelled one on her hand.

Between her deep tan, dance moves, and references to her weave, people couldn't help but feel uncomforted by the "7 Rings" video.

Twitter also didn't like that Grande used black culture in her music video "7 Rings." Her references to hair weaves, the twerking throughout the video, and her rapping were all seen as taking black culture without giving credit to black people. 

And who could forget that tattoo?

Lots of people were upset with her for getting the Japanese hand tattoo that she spelled wrong. Even though she tried to fix it and failed at that, fans are saying she's using Japanese themes and aesthetics to sell her albums.

Among all these claims of appropriation, do you think the "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" claims are that much of a reach? We think not.


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