Ariana Grande began her career and became well-known for playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious. The singer went on to become one of the most well-known musicians. Nickelodeon was recently accused of sexualizing Grande while she was a young child star.
After a collection of resurfaced episodes’ snippets went viral, Nickelodeon was accused of “sexualizing” and “infantilizing” the star. Grande can be seen talking about how her uvula was caught between a hamster’s toes before sticking her finger in the back of her neck in the footage, which were recorded when she was barely 16 years old.
She can also be seen placing her toes in her mouth and describing herself as being “soaking wet.” She is seen in another shot resting on her back while applying water to her chest. The combination of the videos received 3.4 million views after becoming viral on Twitter.
One person wrote: “This is absolutely disgusting. As an adult watching this right now you can tell EXACTLY what they were doing. I hope she speaks on it, people will definitely support her. But understand exactly why she doesn’t given how they treat people who do.”
Another said: “This always makes me nauseous, imagine ‘directing’ a teenager to do that stuff as a grown man.”
A third added: “When she stuck her finger in her mouth… She looked physically uncomfortable, and the feet thing… Just… Wow, disgusting.”
In the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, in which Grande co-starred, Jennette McCurdy said that she frequently felt “jealous” of how the singer was treated. In her memoir, McCurdy discussed her experience at Nickelodeon. She asserted that whereas Grande was allowed to miss the production of Sam & Cat in order to participate in other projects and events, McCurdy was forced to reject down other jobs while working on iCarly. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more news and stories.
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