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Ariana Grande Slams Criticism of Viral Voice-Change Video as ‘Double Standard’

Ariana Grande Slams Criticism of Viral Voice-Change Video as ‘Double Standard’

Ariana Grande has responded to criticism over a viral video showing her switching voices mid-sentence, describing the uproar as a “double standard.”

Earlier this year, a video of the 31-year-old singer surfaced across social media. In the clip, Grande spoke in a deeper tone before quickly shifting to a breathier, higher pitch. Fans were puzzled by the change, with some speculating that her commonly airy speech was merely a performance.

The video originated from her appearance on an episode of Penn Badgley’s podcast, “Podcrushed,” where she discussed her music career and her role in the upcoming musical film, “Wicked.”

Initially, Grande defended herself by explaining that she often switches tone out of “habit” and for “vocal health.” Now, she has further addressed her critics, accusing them of sexism and noting that such scrutiny isn’t equally applied to men.

“I mean, you see male actors… It’s always after the fact that they’re like, ‘Oh wow, how dedicated to his craft! What an amazing transformation! He’s a brilliant performer!’” she told Evan Ross Katz on the “Shut Up Evan” podcast.

“And then, god forbid, I sneeze like Glinda or something, or if I make an intonation… it’s just that I’m crazy or ‘Should someone check on her?’ It’s the weirdest thing.”

She clarified that voices often change registers throughout conversation, especially when a person has a wide vocal range, as she does. She also attributed the variance to how she had been using her voice while filming “Wicked.”

This discussion arises as Paris Hilton also faced accusations of altering her voice while speaking to Congress about child sexual abuse earlier this month.

“I intentionally change my vocal placement (high/low) often depending on how much singing I’m doing,” Grande commented on a TikTok about her voice change last month. “I’ve always done this BYE.”

Grande has previously spoken about the techniques she uses to protect her voice. As far back as 2013, she mentioned her higher tone during an interview where she explained, “I’ve been speaking in a slightly higher placement than I usually speak in because I’ve been doing a lot of interviews and I’m trying to keep my voice healthy.”

Source: The Independent, Particle News