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Pete Davidson Rightly Bailed On A Gig Because Of Being Treated As An Ariana Grande Punchline

Not cool.

Pete Davidson has made it abundantly clear that he does not enjoy the sport of treating his dating life like a joke, which is very fair. So on Monday night when a comedy club owner used Pete’s personal life as a punchline, he pulled out of his scheduled performance at the club.

As the story goes, Pete Davidson left the stand up show in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the Stress Factory Comedy Club. Club owner Vinnie Brand, apparently being facetious, told the crowd not to ask questions about his headlining comedian’s famously failed relationships with Ariana Grande and most-recently, Kate Beckinsale.

Davidson immediately followed up his departure with an Instagram video explaining himself. He apologised to the audience for bailing and said he would organise a free show in the next week for them.

“Hey, you guys in Connecticut, I’m sorry we had to leave the show before I got to go on,” he said.

“The owner, Vinnie Brand, disrespected me and did something I told him not to do, and I can’t perform under those circumstances,” he said.

Reportedly Brand tried to convince Davidson to stay and insisted to The Blast that he did not make light of Davidson’s request for a heckle-free zone regarding his break ups.

“What Pete did is total bulls**t and unprofessional.” he told The Blast.

But apparently Vinnie Brand played Davidson’s Instagram video to the crowd on a big screen, where people booed the comedian and yelled out expletives. It doesn’t seem like the behaviour that rings true of respect, but it’s up to you who you believe.

Audience members from the night have shared divided sentiments – some protecting Brand and some defending Davidson.

At the end of the day it makes sense that Pete Davidson would be hyper-sensitive to being treated like a punchline in one big joke about his famous ex-girlfriends. He’s copped the brunt of celebrity gossip-mongering in the past year, and now he’s fighting to have his professionalism respected. Seems fair.

The Lyrics Of Ariana Grande’s New Song Read Like A Hint, But It's Not Enough Evidence To Say She’s Bisexual

Let's not jump to conclusions.

In case you missed it, Ariana Grande just dropped yet another track. This time it’s a collaboration with Ariana’s bestie and fellow musician Victoria Monét, titled ‘MONOPOLY’.

The music video manages to lean hard into meme culture while still being exceptionally fly, but the thing that has everyone caught up is the leading lyric of the chorus.

“I like women and men,” both Monét and Grande sing, prompting a wave of excitement – and controversy – about whether Ariana is actually admitting to being bisexual.

The lyric is first sung by Victoria Monét, who has spoken openly about her sexuality before. In November 2018 she dropped the casual confirmation on Twitter, posting,

“I want everyone to know that I’m single (since people wanna pretend I’m not) and make imaginary rules for me. I secretly and respectfully went through a difficult break up this summer but enough is enough. I also like girls. Thank U, Next. Bye.”

Ariana has never made any public admission of fluid sexuality, though she has been in hot water before for seeming to tease at it, like in her ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’ music video.

But plenty of people have read into the new song lyric as Ariana coming out, regardless of how ambiguous the ‘admission’ really is.

Other fans have pointed out that the lyrics likely refer to Victoria Monét, who sings this line alone in the first chorus. Although Ariana also sings it in the second post-chorus, the link is still tentative and it could just be a lyric from the POV of Monét.

The song itself isn’t enough evidence to make any grand(e) conclusions about Ariana’s sexuality – only she can confirm those rumours if she wants to.

Whether or not it’s really ‘OK’ for Ariana to be singing the lyrics as if they apply to her if in fact, they don’t, is another question. She’s been accused of adopting the sexually fluid identity for clout, in the same way as she has allegedly adopted the black aesthetic and hip hop genre for profit.

The discussion around Ariana Grande usurping different cultures is an important one that is really about a broader trend in the industry, but there’s room for both criticism and commendation of the lyrics celebrating bisexuality in ‘MONOPOLY’.

It’s unlikely everyone will agree on the nuances of what’s right and wrong on this issue so feel free to make up your own mind on whether or not you’re into it.

Ariana Grande Using Her Tour To Register Young Voters Should Be The Industry Standard

Fame and fandom can and should be turned into social change.

Ariana Grande has an astronomically huge fandom of passionate, loyal followers, and with that power to influence, comes great responsibility. No stranger to speaking up about social and political issues, Ariana is now using her Sweetener/Thank U, Next World Tour to galvanise her young fans into getting politically engaged.

Ariana has partnered with Head Count to run the campaign #ThankUNextGen on the ground at her tour concert venues with the intention of registering young voters.

Ariana called out on Instagram encouraging her unregistered fans to visit the booth or register via text.

“so excited to partner w @headcountorg to bring voter registration & participation to all of the US stops on the @sweetener tour. visit the headcount booth at the show to use your voice and get your ‘thank u, next gen’ sticker ?? If you can’t be there to register on-site, text ‘Ariana’ to 40649 ? each and every one of you makes a difference. #thankunextgen ?”

Head Count have partnered with a bunch of musicians from Beyoncé to Harry Styles to get fans on the ground registered to vote. It’s an initiative that grows the representation of young people when it comes to voting time.

There was a big push to get millennials registered before last year’s US midterm election, and the impact celebrities can have was exemplified in the surge of new voters registered after Taylor Swift broker her political silence and backed a candidate.

Now the push continues as America comes up to its 2020 presidential election, because getting young people politically engaged is a powerful way to incite change.

While Head Count is an American organisation, the use of fame and fandom to get people politically engaged is something that translates to any country, including ours.

Not all young Australians are registered to vote, although there was an extraordinary 90,000 new voters – mostly young – who joined the electorate leading up to the marriage equality postal vote in 2017. It goes to show that sometimes it takes a call to action to get people engaged.

Artists have an opportunity to do that, and these kinds of initiatives that Ariana, Beyoncé, and even Taylor Swift are standing for, should be industry standard.

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