Grande has a history of mixing her danceable pop hits with activism. She performed in 2017′s Concert for Charlottesville benefiting the victims injured while protesting the white nationalist rally there; participated in the 2018 March for Our Lives promoting gun-control legislation; and raised millions for the victims of an Islamic State-linked suicide bombing outside a concert of hers in Manchester, England.
And her “thank u, next” music video included what many saw as a dig at President Trump and his immigration policies. In the video, she is shown dressed like Reese Witherspoon’s perky law-school fashionista character in the “Legally Blonde” movies. And plenty of viewers saw extra meaning in the title of the textbook she was reading: “Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy.”