A History of Ariana Grande's Beef With TikTokkers
Despite Ariana Grande’s huge Gen Z fanbase, the singer has never quite warmed to TikTok. Unlike musicians like Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez, who have used the app to entertain and even collaborate with fans, Grande’s account features only two short clips from her “Positions” music video. She still has a major presence on the app thanks to users making videos with Sam & Cat soundbites, impersonating her, and using “Positions” almost 150,000 times, but the singer herself has called out TikTok stars more thane once.
Most recently, she commented to Zach Sang about the TikTok scene at Saddle Ranch restaurant in Los Angeles.
“Of all the things that we could have done, couldn’t we have just stayed home for a few more weeks like all the other countries that were fine, and are better than we are?” Grande said, seemingly referencing the ways TikTok stars have flouted Covid guidelines and thrown parties during Covid. “Did we really all need to go to fucking Saddle Ranch that badly that we couldn’t have waited for the deathly pandemic to pass?”
While she doesn’t call TikTok creators out by name, Saddle Ranch is known alongside BOA Steakhouse as a go-to spot for internet stars in L.A. during the pandemic. In response, Bryce Hall—who recently got in a physical altercation at a different L.A. restaurant—shaded the singer right back.
"She knew a lot of people would agree, because there's a lot of people that hate TikTokers especially. I mean, it was obviously like a marketing move and good for her,” Hall told the Hollywood Raw podcast, adding that “she's not wrong."
This wasn’t the first time Grande has come for TikTok. Back in April, as users dressed up as Grande to post TikToks as her Nickelodeon character Cat Valentine, Grande shared a video of comedian and writer Jordan Firstman mocking how memes put “a completely arbitrary meaning onto that thing that the artist loves so much.”
"Omg can this please also double as your impression of the ponytail TikTok girls who think doing that Cat Valentine voice and that wearing winged eyeliner and a sweatshirt is doing a good impersonation of me...cause this really how it feels..." she wrote in a swiftly-deleted Instagram story, adding "'Degrading its entire value' I screamed."
In response, popular TikTok Grande impersonator Paige Niemann said on Instagram Live she she was “used to Ariana shading” her and revealed she’s “not a fan of her anymore, honestly."
Still, with the “Positions” single and Positions album both at number one on their respective music charts this week, it seems like Grande’s doing just fine without TikTok’s help.