Bette Midler might have been having a bad day yesterday. For some reason, during an interview with UK’s The Telegraph, she decided to lash out against Ariana Grande’s sexy image, which is clearly a key element in her (Grande’s) appeal with fans.
After all, Ariana Grande is a young 21 years old and attractive. Her image – the look, the hair, the lifestyle and fab friends – appeals to young female fans, and I have it on the authority of my 16 year old son that her look is appreciated by young males as well, whether they like her music or not.
What Midler said exactly:
“It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.”
Midler herself admits that sex sells, but somehow felt compelled to admonish Grande for using it to her advantage. Later yesterday, Grande took to Twitter to respond.
And the accompanying message:
The response was brilliant in our opinion. Normally, our advice to those who are being harassed or cyberbullied is to not fire back. This however, was neither harassment nor cyberbullying. It was simply an example of a harsh, unsolicited opinion that shouldn’t have been offered in the first place.
Grande’s choice of response medium – using Twitter to reach her 23 million followers – ensured that the message would be delivered to the folks who are paying her bills. The tweet has been met with 9,000 retweets and 18,000 favs, a clear sign of support and approval.
All in all, it’s a great example of a young, internet famous person using social media to react to a negative situation and cement her position with her fans, without any vitriol or ad hominen attacks.
Well done, Ms. Grande.
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