Ariana Grande recently released another single from her upcoming album, Sweetener.

“God is a Woman” and its music video dropped Friday morning. Grande’s fans have been raving about the song, insisting that it completely blows her other two recent releases—“No Tears Left to Cry” and “The Light is Coming”—out of the water.

Despite all of this positive feedback from her followers, Grande received harsh backlash over the single’s title. Many misogynists are coming out of the woodwork to criticize “God is a Woman” as it explicitly and controversially proclaims that God is female. If only they knew what the song is truly about. 

Her pop song describes a sexual experience which is so good that it leaves Grande’s partner believing that God is a woman— and that woman is Ariana. That’s it; it’s not that deep.

Grande wants this song to empower women and inspire them to embrace female sexuality. She tweeted the following:

Grande grew up in a Roman Catholic household. She left the church when Pope Benedict XVI announced his opposition to homosexuality. This deeply affected Grande, as her brother, Frankie Grande, is gay. Grande still believes in a God, however, and follows Kabbalah teachings. One concept of Kabbalah promotes: “If you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you.”

“God is a Woman” wasn’t meant to be an attack on certain religious beliefs. In fact, the song is specifically concerned with empowerment. The song compares a woman’s being to God. While this may seem to be an extreme comparison, it merely drives home just how incredible women are.

 

LYRICS FROM ARIANA GRANDE’S “GOD IS A WOMAN”

The song’s lyrics further prove that “God is a woman” is not an attack on religion.

You, you love it how I move you
You love it how I touch you

My one, when all is said and done
You’ll believe God is a woman

And I, I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can’t fight

My one, it lingers when we’re done
You’ll believe God is a woman”

 

Grande’s partner is not trying to pray, nor is he or she attempting to be a child of God.

Even in the music video, there’s no imagery correlating to specific religious icons. Grande holds onto planets like balloons, dancing upon galaxies, and even sits on Earth while fingering a category five hurricane. 

The music video contains stunning imagery. Towards the end of the video, Grande breaks the “glass ceiling”— symbolic of women and minorities climbing to the top of the social ladder. Again, this further strengthens the idea that this song is not connected to any specific religious beliefs. 

 

 

Featured Image via/ Hollywood Reporter