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Bette Midler

Ariana Grande responds to Bette Midler on Twitter (of course)

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Remember how Bette Midler told Ariana Grande to stop acting like a whore in an attempt to get ahead? Ariana heard about it, obviously, and considering what a diva she is, you’d think she’d throw a tantrum, right? WRONG! Ariana has some common sense, however, as she knows to stay in her place and never challenge the Divine Miss M, and instead she tweeted the following:

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I love that this chick still has the nerve to call Bette Midler – several decades her elder – “my love”. How condescending and up your own ass can you be? I get the whole feminism means no slut shaming and all of that, which is fair enough, but Bette telling it like it is doesn’t mean she’s no longer a feminist or that she’s a shadow of her former self because she’s not stripping off as a 68-year-old woman. Get a grip.

Bette is still standing by her original comments, though, and tweeted the following:


Get it, Bette.

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Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: ‘You don’t have to be a whore’

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Ariana Grande is a great singer whose star is on the rise. She’s even been compared to Mariah Carey – a great honour which you must never, ever bring up in an interview (or she’ll walk out). However, a rise to the top doesn’t come easy, and for Ariana, it has meant that she’s had to play up the whole sex kitten image that clearly doesn’t suit her and that no one in their right mind believes, especially considering she looks about 12 years old (but that’s one of about 5,000 reasons).

Anyhoo, one star who’s been there and done that and has some words of advice for Ariana is Bette Midler. You see, she wants Ariana know that she doesn’t need to be a whore to be famous.

Via TMZ:

Midler did an interview with The Telegraph, grousing about the state of the music biz. She’s particularly disgusted with Grande, saying, “It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch.”

Midler goes on, “… Looking so ridiculous. I mean it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it.”

And then the punch. In giving advice to aspiring singers, Midler says, “Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead.”

Huh. Well, look – I see where Bette’s coming from. The oversexualization of female popstars is absolutely fucking ridiculous and exhausting and it literally has zero effect anymore because it’s so overdone. However, Bette was into some pretty raunchy shit in the ’70s herself – maybe done a bit more tongue-in-cheek, but still… Also, we don’t need any more slut-shaming, regardless of how much older and wiser Bette might be now. So yeah, I can see both sides of the coin here. I wish women didn’t feel pressured to strip off and be this coquettish, cartoonish version of a seductress all the time. That being said, if that’s what someone legit WANTS to do, more power to ‘em. It’s complicated!

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Lady Gaga Beats the Heat in New York City

Lady Gaga wears next-to-nothing in NYC on Sunday

My boyfriend just texted to say that it feels like 102 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago today. And on the last day of Pitchfork, too! (OK, it might not be 102 degrees right now because, through the mind-blowing science of Internet Time Travel, I am speaking to you from Today’s Past to tell you about the Bible Belt heatwave.)

Anyway. It was in the 90s in New York City today, and Lady Gaga sure dressed the part, clomping down the street in silly patent-leather boots and not much else. I actually approve of her ensemble, because I am a pragmatic person who can very occasionally justify somebody else’s leather bikini, with just one caveat: I can smell her from here.

Also, while I know that celebs can walk around New York City without being mobbed by fans, is this safe? WHERE IS GAGA’S SECURITY DETAIL?

And Lady Gaga needs a security detail, because—as reader Simon Jadis pointed out earlier today—the Divine Miss M is coming for Gaga’s ass.

The city is Gaga’s catwalk, via Splash News Online: