Remember back in the day when I used to like Ariana Grande? It was a glorious time when she was focusing most of her energy on singing, something she happens to be very good at, and less on making Twitter statements, which have really been her go-to lately, and typically end with me in a facepalm.
In the past, she’s done everything from bizarrely calling out milk-drinkers as drinking ‘cow pus’, to announcing a duet with Chris Brown, a man who’s proven himself violent so many times that I’m surprised we haven’t all given up on his music by now. But this time she’s turning her ire on her own fans, weirdly enough, scolding them pretty harshly for their negative response to this tweet that she put up in celebration of Marilyn Monroe‘s birthday. (She would’ve been eighty-eight on Sunday.)
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 1, 2014
We’ve pointed out before that Marilyn doesn’t set the best example for young people — or any people, for that matter — and it seems like Ariana’s fans tended to agree with us. Not all of them, but some of them were disappointed that Ariana was looking to her for inspiration. Totally valid opinion to have, whether or not you agree with it. And regardless, you’d think that Ariana would cut her fans some slack and realize that she’s not going to agree with all of them all the time. But nope.
In response to the backlash she received for putting up the photo, Ariana crafted a response of her own, which she put up on TwitLonger. It’s since been deleted, but here’s the full text:
“so much hate for celebrating Marilyn’s spirit on her birthday. I adore her work and have compassion for her inner sadness that she covered up on a daily basis that assholes like you made her feel in the first place!! judging her for her wildly rumored personal life (which is truly no one else’s business) is only a distraction from her talent, beauty, comedic genius and effervescent spirit…. it always breaks my heart to see people say such terrible things about people they’ve never met / don’t really know the one hundred percent truth about. so today, I choose to celebrate the beautiful parts of marilyn. we should only and always focus on the beautiful things… because what we focus on expands….. which is why I feel for the people who focus on hate…. because that’s all you have to give. and I truly do feel sorry for you because when you’ve been dead for 50 some odd years…… nobody will be wishing you a happy birthday.”
Girl, what? We’re covering a lot of ground here, but the main thing is that you call your fans assholes and insinuate that it was people like them who made Marilyn make the choices she did. Yikes! If you’re really trying to focus on the positive, then why do you need to call people out at all for disagreeing with you? You know the exact same amount about her that they do, you’ve just drawn different conclusions, so why you gotta speculate that no one will care about your fans fifty years after they’re dead?
That’s a pretty ice cold thing to say to people who A. are fans of yours and B. were expressing an opinion just like you.
(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com)