Bette Midler is not impressed with pop singer Ariana Grande, and isn’t afraid to say so.
While speaking to the U.K.’s The Telegraph, Midler slammed female singers, specifically Grande’s AMA performance on Sunday, for using sex to sell their albums.
“It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous,” the 68-year-old singer/actress told the publication.
Grande, who made a name for herself as a Disney Channel star in the original series Sam and Cat, performed at this year’s AMA awards, and her performance was full of sex appeal that did not sit well with Midler, who said she looked “silly beyond belief.”
“I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it,” Midler added. “I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.”
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“Apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex,” Midler continued. “They really like to slap each other’s butts. I mean, don’t ask me. It’s beyond me. I’m too old. I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your 20s. I don’t know how you sustain it.”
Midler has some advice for the young girls in the entertainment industry: “Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t.”