Happy April Fool’s Day! If you’re Ariana Grande and you’re reading this, first of all welcome to Crushable, and second of all I should say happy day after your first nude photo scandal. Fans on Twitter got a head start on the holiday yesterday when they spread supposedly naked photos of Ariana frolicking on the beach and got the hashtag #ArianasNudesLeaked trending. Turns out the photos were fake and part of an April Fool’s prank. It’s a little early, so forgive me, but does anyone want to help me out with what’s so funny about this?
— ilyas (@crispyariana) March 31, 2014
It’s time to get real here. I’m a bit of an April Fool’s Day hater. I’m generally not that amused by pranks, mostly because I don’t like to be lied to (looking at you, Kimmel). Some good-natured ribbing between friends can be fun, but it can get a little obnoxious. I know, I know, I’m the wettest blanket imaginable. I’ve come to embrace it. But this prank especially just doesn’t tickle my funny bone on any level. If the fans intended to fool people into thinking real nude photos had leaked, that’s not a particularly nice thing to do to your idol, especially considering how many Disney and Nickelodeon stars have had their reputations tarnished by something like that, including her co-star Jennette McCurdy.
But if you look at a lot of these tweets, you can pretty much hear the Internet equivalent of excited snickering seeping through the computer screen. If they were to hand you the photos in real life, it would go something like this: “Teehee, look what I found. Hoohoo haha, it’s a picture of naked Ariana. Hehe, it’s totally real, I promise. I’m not laughing, you’re laughing.” And in that case, what’s the point? I don’t love pranks in the first place, but if you’re gonna do them at least make it convincing. And you couldn’t even wait a day? Sigh. Is it April 2nd yet?