Billboard is taking social media heat for naming singer Ariana Grande “the gay icon of her generation.”
On Wednesday, the music publication rolled out an article titled, “8 Reasons Ariana Grande Is the Gay Icon of Her Generation.” According to Billboard, what makes the young singer a “gay icon” is her love and support for the LGBTQIA community (including her brother, Frankie, who identifies as gay), her mirroring of other female singers who are embraced by the community — like Diana Ross — and her music, which Billboard says is popular among gay men.
But some people do not agree with Billboard. Many believe that just because a non-LGBT musician’s work resonates with gay men, it doesn’t make that musician a “gay icon.”
i love ariana but the fact that she's named a gay icon when there are hundreds of openly queer celebs is ridiculous
— t (@blondedbts) July 21, 2017
gay twitter: ariana grande is a gay icon!
billboard: ariana named gay icon
gay twitter: WTF YOU COULDN'T CHOOSE AN ACTUALLY GAY PERSON?!?!?!
— 𝘽𝙪𝙩𝙩 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙤𝙣 (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ (@ChrisMySass) July 20, 2017
Gaga, Britney and Madonna aren't gay and they are gay icons, what's your argument now bby?
— jaó (@beyjaoo) July 21, 2017