The other day, the pop band Little Mix released a new image of all four members stripped down to nothing, covered in various insults that they’ve been dealt.
The image was to coincide with the release of their new single Strip which they say represents how far they’ve come in a journey to self-love.
Essentially, the image was intended to be a feminist statement, and while it went down well with most, famously polarising Piers Morgan had a few gripes.
On a segment of Good Morning Britain, he said:
“Here’s a great idea, girls – if you want to really empower yourselves, get naked and put the word slut all over your body.
Why don’t we stop pretending that getting your kit off is feminist empowerment?“
Later on, to stoke the fire which began to rage when band-member Jesy Nelson made comments about Morgan on Nick Grimshaw’s radio show, the journalist tweeted:
Morgan also made comments about Ellen DeGeneres, citing the hypocrisy around the segment of her show where images of handsome, somewhat-clothed men are celebrated.
With that, Ariana Grande’s mum, Joan, chimed in, essentially saying “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all…”
To which Morgan responded that Little Mix should use their talent to sell songs and not their bodies, saying that’s what her daughter does…
Clearly this was too much for Ariana Grande, who then told Piers that she uses her sexuality and talent to sell records and she – along with all women – is totally within her rights to do so…
She then tweeted at Little Mix to let them know that she’s on their side, before shaming Morgan further…
Ellen and Little Mix both tweeted to thank Ariana for her kind words, before Piers responded… for some reason…
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 21, 2018
thank you ♥️ what we do with our bodies is our choice and we felt liberated owning the negative words thrown at us as women. We’ll never stop talking/writing music about issues that affect so many women around the world. We have a voice to use it! we love you Ari 🖤 the girls x
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) November 21, 2018
Grande then finished the argument off, by quote-tweeting a semi-naked picture of himself that Morgan tweeted, accusing him of being a hypocrite…
Yeah… looks like she won there.
Images via Getty, Twitter