Don’t come between the bond of pop singers. That’s the lesson Ariana Grande generously gave to Piers Morgan this week.
The Good Morning Britain presenter started the drama when he tweeted about Little Mix’s recent nude photo. In the photo, the four women pose node with insults written on their bodies in black ink.
The photo is from their music video Strip, a song off their most recent album, LM5.
Morgan posted a side-by-side photo of Little Mix and another group, the Dixie Chicks, posing similarly.
So how did Grande get involved?
First, the singer’s mother, Joan Grande, came after Morgan.
‘Didn’t your mother ever teach you, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it!’ she tweeted at him. She called him out for criticizing Ellen DeGeneres and then Little Mix.
Morgan’s response was to call DeGeneres a ‘hypocrite’ and slam Little Mix, writing that he prefers them to ‘use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity’.
The back-and-forth continued with Joan Grande. She described Morgan’s ‘trash talk for the sake of denigrating women doing their jobs’ as ‘at best misogynistic and at worst undignified and ignorant’.
That’s when Ariana came into things.
Women standing up for each other
Grande responded to Morgan’s response to her mother, first calling DeGeneres an ‘incredible & kind human being’.
She then wrote that she uses her own talent as well as her sexuality ‘because i choose to’.
Her tweet continued: ‘women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice. & we will keep fighting til people understand.’
Morgan replied to her condescendingly, writing women ‘can do what they like’ but he’d still call them out.
DeGeneres also responded to Grande’s kind words.
What followed from Grande were inspiring tweets lifting up other women and calling out Morgan for his comments.
She first gave a shout-out to Little Mix, telling them to ‘keep fighting the fight’.
They responded in kind, writing back about their commitment to sharing messages of empowerment.
Finally, she tweeted to Morgan: ‘i look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticize young, beautiful, successful women for everything they do.’
A happy ending to a rollercoaster of a story.