Ariana Grande fact checked a critic who accused the singer of exploiting feminism with a Starbucks collaboration

Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagicAriana Grande, pictured here in 2013, is a noted Starbucks drinker.
  • On Tuesday, Starbucks unveiled a new drink inspired by and in collaboration with Ariana Grande.
  • One disgruntled Twitter user mocked Grande, accusing her of exploiting feminism to make money.
  • “ariana grande selling a custom starbucks drink on international women’s day is like. you cannot write better parody of woke capitalism than the actual thing,” the tweet reads.
  • “women’s day the 8th,” Grande replied.
  • When contacted by INSIDER, a representative for Starbucks clarified that Grande’s collaboration with the company is not linked to its celebration of International Women’s Day.

On Tuesday, Starbucks unveiled a new menu item, inspired and promoted by Ariana Grande – but not everyone is on board with the collaboration.

Podcast host and documentarian Rachel Millman mocked Grande on Twitter, accusing her of exploiting feminism to make money.

“ariana grande selling a custom starbucks drink on international women’s day is like. you cannot write better parody of woke capitalism than the actual thing,” she wrote. “happy international women’s day from ariana grande and starbucks. you’re doing feminism with the coffee.”

The tweet quickly gained traction and has racked up almost 30,000 likes.

Even Grande herself saw it – and she took the opportunity to succinctly shut down Millman’s claim, pointing out that International Women’s Day isn’t until Friday, March 8.

When one fan jokingly expressed sympathy that Grande “had to see this tweet,” the pop star replied, “me too. back to work!”

Millman replied to Grande with a meme. She also apologised and praised the “larger contributions” Grande has made to feminism.

She had previously doubled down on her assessment in additional tweets.

Millman directed one critic of her original tweet to a Business Insider article, which notes that Starbucks plans to debut a playlist featuring Grande’s songs and some of her favourite music on Saturday, as well as a playlist for International Women’s Day on Friday.

Millman denied that she is “targeting” Grande, but rather critiquing her “corporate” and “commodified feminism.”

When contacted by INSIDER, however, a representative for Starbucks clarified that Grande’s collaboration with the company is not linked to its celebration of International Women’s Day.

According to the statement provided, the company’s second annual playlist for International Women’s Day is separate from the release of the Cloud Macchiato – including Grande’s promotion of the drink – and from the upcoming playlist that will feature Grande’s favourite music.

You can read the full statement below.

With more than 4,000 songs in rotation, Starbucks playlists are created for our stores and include a wide range of music. New playlists are routinely added featuring Guest DJs or to acknowledge and celebrate artists or particular moments in time, including our recent addition of a Puerto Rico playlist curated by the Miranda Family. Additionally, this week we will be featuring a playlist for International Women’s Day and this is the second year we have done so. Separately, We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande – and we’re both fans of clouds – so we were excited to work with her to introduce the new beverage to customers and fans alike through fun social posts. The celebration will continue next week with a playlist in our stores that features Ariana’s favourite music (including some of her hits) as one of multiple playlists available in our U.S. and Canada stores.

The Cloud Macchiato is now available. It comes in caramel and cinnamon flavours.

Starbucks described the new beverage as “an airy microfoam frothed cold and blended until smooth, creating layers of creamy texture and flavour, without the cream.”

Any fan of Grande knows that clouds are an essential part of her aesthetic; she has a perfume called “Cloud” and even has a cloud tattoo on one of her fingers.

Editor’s note: This article was updated with the statement provided by a Starbucks representative.

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