It's possible that Piers Morgan was once a relevant, interesting journalist, but those days are long gone. Now, he seems to make a living by complaining about nonsense on Twitter. That's why Ariana Grande's recent defense of nudity to Morgan is a must-read. During a Twitter exchange, she eloquently roasted him and also managed to plug her own single. Her words were funny and sincere. In short, it was a master class in responding to jerks.
Here's how all of it got started: On November 20, Morgan took to Twitter to rant about the band Little Mix. If you don't know, Little Mix is a pop group of four women who got their start on the the UK version of The X-Factor. So yeah, that's what Morgan does in his spare time. LM recently released album art to promote their next LP. In the black and white pic, the band's members are nude with offensive statements printed on them.
"Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole this idea from @dixiechicks?" Morgan wrote on Twitter.
This prompted a response from many — including Joan Grande, Grande's mother. She retweeted the TV host and did not mince words:
The Ellen comment was in reference to a news story from the previous day, in which Morgan criticized Ellen Degeneres for objectifying male bodies.
Naturally, the feud between Morgan and Grande just kept going. Morgan snidely responded to the singer's mother, and wrote that his own mother "taught me to speak my mind" and "never be afraid to express honestly held opinion." Even if his opinions are archaic, apparently.
"Ellen's a hypocrite - and as for Little Mix, I'd just prefer they use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity," he wrote. "As your own daughter does...!" And that is when Grande entered the conversation with the burn of all burns.
"I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to," she wrote. "Women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice! We will keep fighting til people understand. i say this w all due respect but thank u, next."
"Thank you, next" is a reference to her new single and rom com-themed music video. It's also become a mantra for the singer since her split from fiancé, Pete Davidson. The internet basically went all, "We'd like to report a murder!" after her commentary went viral, but of course, Morgan couldn't let it die. He started retweeting his own supporters and gleefully blocking haters. Reminder: This is a 53-year-old man.
He continued to defend himself with what's best described as a written eye roll. "When everyone finally stops screaming at me about this @LittleMix @ArianaGrande furore, they will suddenly realise I'm right!" gloated Morgan. "There's no need for young female pop stars, with millions of young female fans, to use nudity to sell records. It's tacky & sends the wrong message."
It was all very outdated "old man yells at cloud!" language, and Grande didn't stand for it.
"[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," Grande wrote. "I think that’ll be a beautiful thing for you and your career or what’s left of it." She also called him out on using his body for attention as recently as last week, when he posted a nude photo of himself by a fire with a caption that boasted about his virility. Hypocritical, much?
What this all boils down to is, don't mess with Ariana Grande's mom, because you'll have Grande to answer to. Also, just in general, let women be in charge of what empowers them, and don't assume your issues with non-male bodies apply to everyone.
Sound good? Great!