Seeing a man in drag dressed as her is “better than winning a Grammy,” pop music star Ariana Grande said in an interview published Tuesday.
“That’s, like, the best think that’s ever happened to me,” the singer said in an interview with Vogue magazine.
Having drag queens portray her establishes her as an iconic “character” in pop culture, Grande said:
To those troubled by her image, Grande has a silencing reply: She just likes it. “I like having my funny character that I play,” she explains, “that feels like this exaggerated version of myself. It protects me. But also I love disrupting it for the sake of my fans and making clear that I’m a person—because that’s something I enjoy fighting for. I can’t help disrupt it. I’m incredibly impulsive and passionate and emotional and just reckless.
“The music is very personal and very real, but yes, if you can be me for Halloween, if drag queens can dress up as me, then I’m a character. Go to your local drag bar, and you’ll see it. That’s, like, the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s better than winning a Grammy.”
The article quotes music Producer Pharrell Williams describing Grande as “an R-rated version of a Disney character.” Asked if she ever feels uncomfortable singing songs with sexually-charged lyrics to “an audience of thousands of nine-year-old girls,” Grande promised the parents of those girls that their kids will have sex:
I ask her if it ever feels uncomfortable to gaze out at an audience of thousands of nine-year-old girls while singing a song about having so much coitus that it’s hard to walk straight. “They’re for sure gonna have it. I promise. I promise that your kid’s gonna have sex. So if she asks you what the song’s about, talk about it.”
Grande dropped the "F-Bomb" seven times in the published version of the interview, including one time when she claimed she "would rather sell fewer records and be outspoken about what I think is some f**kery."