Does Ariana Grande Deserve to be blamed for Mac Miller’s death?


Emma Craft, Staff Writer

As most of you know, Mac Miller passed on September 7th, 2018, due to an apparent overdose. Maria Pasquini, a writer for People, reported that Miller’s assistant made the call to 911 after finding him unresponsive in his bed at his home in Studio City, California, just a few hours after having a normal conversation with him. She also wrote that he was not transferred to a hospital as it was very clear that there was no reviving him. As soon as the report went out that he passed, the Internet and social media blew up with stories and posts on Instagram and Twitter, with hashtags including #ripmacmiller, #macmiller, and so many more. Perhaps one of the worst parts of all of this, many comments were being made on Ariana Grande’s recent instagram and twitter posts blaming her for his death. The internet ran with this one and rose the controversy on whether or not this was her fault. What do you think?

In my opinion, blaming someone for something that is out of their control is actually disgusting and wrong. In the end, this was Miller’s fault, it was his choice to take drugs. Ariana previously stated that the reason that they broke up was because of his decision to continuously take drugs. She couldn’t handle being his crutch anymore, which is totally understandable. I mean, would you want to feel the need to “babysit” the person who you are dating because they don’t have self control? She even stated herself, “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be”, according the Rolling Stone. Brittany Spanos, a staff writer for the Rolling Stones reported, “she never described Miller in any way other than as someone she loved and cared for deeply who had a disease she couldn’t control.” I just think that it’s so unfortunate that right after it was announced that Miller died, Ariana’s name was trending on twitter. She had to disable the comments on all of her instagram posts after all of the gender slurs and claims that she “murdered” him poured in. As for blaming her for his death, all I have to say is, wow. Have people stooped that low? Anyone with more than half a brain can realize that she is grieving more that the average person. After it was announced that he died, she was offline that day and didn’t post about him until later the next day. She posted a picture of him sitting on the ground, but it had no caption. A week later, on September 14th, she posted a video of her and Miller from when they were together, and finally spoke out on how she was feeling and how this was affecting her. She stated in her post, “We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad I don’t know what to do.” Frankie Grande, Ariana’s brother, also took to instagram on September 12th to post about Miller. He talked about how good of a friend Miller was to him, how he inspired him to get help with drugs and go to a rehabilitation center which he wouldn’t have found without him, and also how wonderfully he treated Ariana during their relationship.

As for the public grieving Miller’s death, hundreds of people gathered on September 11th, 2018 at Frick Park here in Pittsburgh. One of his albums was named after Frick Park, which was his favorite place to go as a kid, seeing as he grew up in Pittsburgh. The people were there to remember his music and help it live on, and embraced the impact he had on the world before his passing. In honor of his passing, if you or someone you know is having trouble dealing with the abuse of drugs or alcohol, call 1-866-236-1651, the National Drug Hotline, to start a healthier life today; the life people closest to Miller wished for him.