By: Twumasi Duah-Mensah
There is nothing you can say to deny the talent of Ariana Grande.
Despite all of these talents and achievements, though, Ariana has had a rough 2018. The death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and some blaming her for it, a broken engagement to Pete Davidson, controversy after controversy, Twitter brawl after Twitter brawl—it’s been a very stressful year for the 25-year-old.
Ariana has already announced that she won’t be dating anyone in 2019 and— possibly—for the rest of her life. Now, her music is much more focused on her recovery of confidence in and love for herself.
Take “thank u, next.” The song’s harmony is unsettled. Uneasy. Uncomfortable. But despite this rocky vibe, Grande rises above the clouds to loudly announce her gratitude to her exes. Not the classic “I never needed you,” which would be a lie. Rather, a thank you. The recovery process had begun.
How about “7 rings?” It was corny. Some parts may or may not have been stolen. Frankly, it was unexpected from someone like Ariana. But that was the point. To start her road to recovery, she reminded everyone—but most importantly, herself—of her successes.
You may find these and other songs off her 2018 Sweetener album to sound the same. They may seem annoying. But this is the way that Ariana heals. For her, the healing process doesn’t come from stepping away from social media and the studio. It comes from writing a song. And another. And another. According to those closest to her, therapy comes from belting out her feelings about life. We should expect more introspection from Ariana’s songs in the future. For now, you’ll probably see more tracks akin to “7 rings.”
The next chapter for her after Sweetener and “thank u, next” is how she finds how to love herself again. Gone are the days of the strong woman personas that artists like P!nk and Kelly Clarkson portrayed. Now, Ariana has the challenge of uplifting the female spirit in a world deeply rooted in nihilism.
There is something that certainly needs changing, though. A cesspool that must be cleaned. A hellfire that must be extinguished. A wild desert where nothing grows that must be made fertile.
And that’s Ariana Grande Twitter.
A wise man once famously claimed that of the top five worst Twitterspheres on the platform, Ariana Grande Twitter was the worst. The Twitter user knew he would start a Twitter war like nothing seen before (and he did). Yet he defiantly posted his list anyway. Why?
Easy: Ariana Grande Twitter is literally the worst Twitter. And it’s not even close.
Its constant and intense obsession with Ariana is understandable: she is an incredible talent and has gone through hell and came back. But why must they endlessly pull Ariana into pointless drama after pointless drama? Why must they cluelessly defend someone who has yet to truly impact the world? Why must they punctuate every two tweets with “thank u, next,” twisting Ariana’s original message?
This is no attack on Ariana. As we’ve seen, there’s way more meaning to her music than what appears on the surface. But her fans suck. Like, really suck.
It’s better for Ariana to focus on her music than whatever stupid Twitter feud her fans have dragged her into. It’s paramount, too—her next album could be an absolute banger. An absolute game-changer. The world will be watching (literally). But those fans need to just calm down. Please.