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Watch Ariana Grande shut down two sexist radio presenters

When will the media treat female artists as seriously as their male contemporaries?

Women in the entertainment industries being asked ignorant questions is unfortunately nothing new. Whether it’s Cara Delevingne being questioned about whether she’d read the book Paper Towns after starring in the movie adaptation, Nicki Minaj being asked whether she “thrives on drama”, or FKA twigs having to constantly answer questions about her relationship rather than her art, the way women are treated in the media in comparison to their male counterparts is glaringly different and often cringe-inducingly sexist – an idea that is brilliantly parodied by Kristen Stewart in this clip.

In a recent interview with radio station Power 106, musician Ariana Grande came up against some pretty basic questions that a male artist would never be asked. The two presenters, Justin Credible and Eric D-Lux, asked her, “If you could use makeup or your phone one last time, which one would you pick?" Grande immediately quipped back with, “Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between? Is this men assuming that that's what girls would have to choose between?"

The tension then continues when Grande says that when she’s out for dinner she likes to be present and enjoy conversation, to which the presenters start shouting, “Ladies, learn! Listen and learn, ladies!” and Grande responds with “Boys learn! Come on. Boys and girls, we can all learn.”

They then get onto the topic of the new emoji update, and when Grande says she likes the unicorn emoji, one presenter rolls his eyes and says “girls!” to which Grande replies, “Many boys use the unicorn…you need a little brushing up on equality over here. Who says a unicorn emoji isn’t for men?”

The interview culminates with the hosts asking her what she would change about the world, to which she aptly replies, "I have a long list of things I'd like to change. I think just sort of judgment in general; intolerance, meanness, double standards, misogyny, racism, sexism, all that shit. There's lots we need to get started on, we've got work to do!"

Watch the interview in it's entirety, or skip to 16:49 and 18:00 below.

And if you missed Ariana Grande's open letter addressing misogyny in the media from earlier this year, then read it here