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Bette Midler On Ariana Grande & Young Women Everywhere: 'You Don't Have To Make A Whore Out Of Yourself To Get Ahead'

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Whoa, that is an epic amount of shade.

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In a recent interview, Bette Midler blasted Ariana Grande by saying, among other things, that she had a "silly high voice":

"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."

Wow, Bette did not hold back on the insults.

Bette's advice to young women wanting to breaking into show business?

"Trust your talent. You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead."

Yikes. Was that more targeted at Ariana?! If so, that's some pretty harsh words.

We'll see how Ariana responds to all this. We imagine that she will not be happy to hear about his.

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46 comments to “Bette Midler On Ariana Grande & Young Women Everywhere: 'You Don't Have To Make A Whore Out Of Yourself To Get Ahead'”

  1. Jill says – reply to this


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    I'm with Bette on this one!!! Wholehearted.

  2. mary says – reply to this


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    And she's a whore how??? Because she dresses like most other people her age does that makes her a whore? Clearly you don't know the meaning of the word you dumb bitch

  3. Georgia Hall says – reply to this


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    I don't think the "silly high voice" statement was a complement, like saying she has a crazy high voice. Of all the pop stars out there Ariana actually has a strong voice so she's saying she doesn't have to sell herself through sex like others.

  4. b says – reply to this


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    She didn't call her a whore, she said she didn't have to whore herself out. Like sell herself, you know what that phrase means.



  5. 5

    She wasn't insulting Ariana as a person, she was insulting her management team and pointing out the extent to which some young pop stars are sexualized to sell records.

    Look at how Ariana Grande looked on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious, versus how she looks now…they turned her into a sexy baby doll. That was intentional.

    If she is loving her look then more power to her, but the point is that young starlets shouldn't HAVE TO be oversexed if they are truly talented…though talent or not they still will be…



  6. 6

    THANK YOU!!! pass it on people.

  7. Majicou says – reply to this


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    What's with old women calling younger women whores? Between her and Rashida Jones, way to hate on your own gender.

  8. Jillian says – reply to this


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    She's right.

  9. Dayanne says – reply to this


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    Re: mary – Constructive criticism.

  10. Dan says – reply to this


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    The way Ariana dresses is to disguise the fact that she has no talent. She is to be looked at by old men who like little girls dressed this way.



  11. 11

    Re: mary – I go out a lot and I don't see young girls dressing like her.

  12. Kassi Buck says – reply to this


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    I agree with Bette Midler. Let your talent shine. Your talent should be your focal point not your body.

  13. Be-Atch says – reply to this


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    …other than that Swift c@nt all those young female singers show their tits and twats…that Cyrus freak. This Ariande broad etc etc

  14. Brillo says – reply to this


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    Ya cant help but think that Bette was thinking of Miley as well.

  15. Chey says – reply to this


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    Sweethearts, remember that clothes don't define a person. It's called costume for a reason. What dumb ignorant fools you all are.

  16. The Truth Hurts says – reply to this


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    You go girl!! Finally someone with some sense to speak the truth



  17. 17

    is she wrong for a second? some of those singers act and look like if they’re in a brothel. they don’t even have a message of inspiration to give, no wonder they try so desperately to have some relevance… no wonder they fade so fast these days.

  18. Tim says – reply to this


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    Bette Midler herself was always criticised for het sexual behaviour on stage, so what is she complaining about?

    Next to that, why only bashing Ariana and no one else like JLo, Iggy Azalea or Miley Cyrus?

  19. DolfoBoynas says – reply to this


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    the problem with Jewish ladies is that they eventually turn into old and mean spirited YENTAS…rude and awful mean!!
    This Bitch is no exception. Oy Vey

  20. Erik says – reply to this


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    Re: Dan
    if there is one young singer talented it's Ariana. She's one of the few that doesn't need sexual behaviour on stage.

  21. Izzy says – reply to this


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    Re: cheesuschrimbus
    Nonsense, if it wasn't personal why is she mentioning only one particular artist and no one else?

  22. kate says – reply to this


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    Bette is spot on in her observation. It sickens me to see soooo much slutty behavior in up and coming "talent"

  23. kat says – reply to this


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    OMG! L0L!!! It is so true!

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


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    This is what happens when musicians don't come up organically, but are picked, groomed, signed and star systemed to fame so handlers get a far bigger share of the pot…shaped and moulded and told what to do thinking it's the price of fame. Kpopped, Simoned, ka-chinged.
    They take after school stars and continue the profit making and after all, those kids are already well trained…versus a brilliant self made musician like Bruno Mars who's slogged his way olde school. I know who I prefer to watch.



  25. 25

    AMEN.



  26. 26

    The truth hurts. But Bette isn't lying, people are profiting from over-sexualizing this girls' image. This is a tiny singer with a toddler face that is never without stripper heels or showing panties. If you find nothing wrong with that, then you are a sick motherfucker.

  27. C says – reply to this


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    Re: mary
    "And she's a whore how???"

    Try not to be so literal in your thinking. You might understand people's comments better.

  28. Tamzin says – reply to this


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    I also think Ariana made a wrong choice this summer. However Bette Midler is the last one to criticise her because she was herself only famous because of her raunchy behaviour on stage.

  29. Amy says – reply to this


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    She is COMPLETELY right. All of the great signers that have lasted decades didn't have to dress or act like a whore to sell their music. They just SANG.



  30. 30

    Re: Majicou – She did not call her a whore, she said her management team was "whoring her out". Frankly there is nothing wrong with women calling out other women. Are we supposed to sit back and approve of everything all women do or how they act if we are female? Act tasteless or classless and get called out for it - nothing wrong with that.



  31. 31

    Re: mary – Having to resort to calling someone a "dumb b" shows your lack of intelligence. Having to resort to swearing to attempt to make a point shows how low class/low brow you are. Arianna does NOT dress like all girls her age. Not all girls her age dress in 1960's fashion with go go boots and big ponytails. She does dress like the younger "stars" who have management teams who think sex sells more than talent or who cover up a lack of talent by selling sex. If you have to rely on a lack of clothing to sell your music then you have no faith in your talent.

  32. MichJB says – reply to this


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    When you have mediocre talent, you need something to stand out among the rest of the mediocre talent. That's when you act like trash and your people whore you out for attention.

  33. allan says – reply to this


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    people with real talent do not need to dress like hookers

  34. Marina says – reply to this


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    Free publicity for Ariana, good for her sales. Scooter Braun couldn't have planned it better.

  35. Peter says – reply to this


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    Re: Amy
    Except Bette Midler herself. She was infamous for her vulgar, cheap behaviour on stage.



  36. 36

    She's right almost all of them act like whores their video's are nothing more than porn only exploiting themselves and other women never men. If you have a problem with what she said you probably a worthless slut just like your trashy idols.

  37. Maria says – reply to this


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    Re: anemov
    Better first watch old videos of Bette Midler herself, she was the biggest whore of Hollywood.



  38. 38

    This coming from some ancient jew whore.

  39. Michael says – reply to this


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    Grande is annoying and a wannabe Mariah. Along with her annoying brother who thinks he's a celebrity. They should both just go away!

  40. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: PeterRe: Tim – Bette Midler did her 'Divine Miss M' act when she was a full grown woman between 27 and 30 years of age.
    The Divine Miss M was intended to be CAMP, with a wink and a nod, and was broadway-esque in its presentation. For adults. These young girls Bette is addressing are being shopped out with over sexualized images for money, and by male managers who seem unconcerned about the ramifications for their clients or their young audiences. Ka ching.

  41. Charts says – reply to this


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    You always want to shade Ariana. It's not fair and when Ariana fans shade you. (It weren't even Ariana Fans who did it) then you hate it. Please just stop with this shit. It's not fair for ariana & for you.

  42. Cindy T says – reply to this


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    Re: @v@
    Uh, Ariana is also an adult.

  43. Fanny says – reply to this


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    Re: @v@Re: @v@
    I get the impression you want Ariana to be forever 14 year old Cat Valentine.

  44. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: Fanny – How did you make that leap? Nah. I just want the younger girls solidifying their image to be AWARE, as I think Bette does.

  45. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Look at Taylor Swift. Actual self made musician, clothes on, and LOOK at her sales.
    No Svengali would schill her out sexually without her say so. Hey, Scooter does well with his proteges, and business is business but standards can be good too.

  46. stephanie says – reply to this


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    amen