Like everyone else, it seems that Ariana Grande gets asked a lot of questions about other artists in her interviews. Since she’s still new to the scene and relatively scandal-free, evvvvverybody wants to know what she thinks of performers like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, and apparently she hasn’t taken a page out of Selena Gomez‘s book yet and banned those type of questions.
In a recent interview, Ariana was asked just such a question, and she took it upon herself to stand up for Miley and Justin. She does a good job defending Miley, saying that she’s having fun and she always looks great, so if you don’t like her choices, then just look somewhere else. Because the thing is, her life is the best it could be right, now…so just shut up. And aside from the fact that I didn’t know Nickelodeon stars were allowed to say ‘shut up’ (scandal!), I think that’s a pretty good argument for why people shouldn’t be so concerned with Miley’s life. But then she moves on to Justin.
First of all, she calls him a boy, which is amazing, because he is one. At age twenty, Ariana has less than a year on him, but while she’s clearly a young woman, Justin is a little baby boy with his diaper pants and his toddler temper tantrums. Her tone suggests that she’s defending him, but she doesn’t ever excuse his behavior — she just says it’s exactly what every other non-famous guy out there is doing. Which isn’t true, first of all, but even if it was, it wouldn’t make it okay:
“He can do whatever he wants! He’s doing the same thing as every other boy in the world right now, he’s just under a microscope, and he’s being scrutinized by people who don’t know him. I know him, and he’s a good person. He really is, he’s a nice person. And everybody’s like, ugh, it’s, nevermind, but, it’s, he’s a good guy and he doesn’t deserve what he’s going through.”
Why so flustered, Ariana? Is it because you realize that his behavior isn’t acceptable? And that the more you talk about it, the more likely it is that the interviewer will bring up something you can’t argue with, like the various crimes he committed in South America (vandalism in Colombia and desecration of the flag in Argentina), his rumored drug use, his disrespect for his fans, or any number of other screw-ups he’s been racking up.
It’s nice that she’s going to bat for him, but you have to admit that even Ariana, who knows him in real life doesn’t have an acceptable explanation for his behavior. She can’t deny that he’s doing bad things, she just says he’s a good person at the heart of it all and he doesn’t deserve what he’s going through.
Okay. I’ll be sure to remember that the next time I force him to pee in a bucket at a restaurant. So disrespectful of me to make him go through that when he’s such a good person.