Bette Midler uses ‘whore’ when talking about Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande exploded this year. While she was popular for quite some time, something changed and catapulted her to superstar status. Not everyone in Hollywood agrees with how Grande is handling herself in wake of the fame. According to a Nov. 24 report from Hollywood Life, Bette Midler referred to Ariana Grande as acting like a “whore.” Whoa. That wasn’t something anyone was expecting, but Midler is from an entirely different generation of fame than fans are used to seeing.

It seems that everywhere you look, Ariana Grande is there. She made an appearance at the Country Music Awards a few weeks ago. Last weekend she performed at the American Music Awards, which is partially what prompted the “whore” comment. Grande paired up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for “Bang Bang” which was a huge hit at the American Music Awards. Bette Midler didn’t diminish the fact that Grande has talent, but it appears that she feels like she is selling herself short with an act and over-the-top sex appeal.

As you can imagine, fans of Ariana Grande are taking Bette Midler’s “whore” comment pretty hard. Social media has exploded, with several of the “Arinators” (what Grande fans call themselves) hurling insults Midler’s way. There is no denying that the music industry has moved in the direction of sex appeal instead of actual talent. Displaying sex appeal doesn’t deem you a “whore,” and that word is highly offensive to many women, not just one generation. While everyone may not like Ariana Grande, her singing talent is undeniable

Mili Thakur