UPDATED (February 20, 2019): At the height of her “thank u, next” era last November, Ariana Grande famously called out Piers Morgan for criticizing feminism and picking fights with Ellen Degeneres, Little Mix, and her mother, Joan Grande, on Twitter. She clapped back at his remarks about how women display their bodies—which he called “hypocritical”—with a powerful statement: “women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice.” Now, it looks like that feud is over, all thanks to some “productive conversation”…and a selfie.
On Tuesday evening, Grande and Morgan happened to be dining at the same restaurant in Los Angeles. Morgan tweeted that they “bumped into” one another, which turned into a long discussion ending their online feud. According to his tweet, they apparently spoke for two hours.
“We laughed, we argued, she cried, I nearly did, the drinks flowed & we bonded,” Morgan captioned a selfie of the two at dinner. “Turns out we really like each other. Weird.”
Grande responded with a tweet of her own. “thank u for some laughs and some v productive conversation ! it was nice bumping into u !”
That isn’t to say that Grande and Piers are seeing eye-to-eye on everything now. In fact, Grande’s response to Morgan’s tweets implies that he hasn’t yet converted to feminism….but she’s working on it.
Look out, #FutureFeministPiers may be trending soon.
ORIGINAL POST: This Thanksgiving I’m extremely grateful for Ariana Grande. First she teased the upcoming music video for her instantly iconic breakup song, “Thank U, Next” which will include homages to a quartet of equally iconic movies: Legally Blonde, 13 Going On 30, Mean Girls, and Bring It On. Now she’s taking down British television host and frequent troll Piers Morgan in such a brilliant way that I stood up and gave her a slow clap from my living room.
Here’s the gist of how it all started: Earlier this week Morgan tweeted about Ellen Degeneres’ admiring photos of men and tried to call it out as “hypocrisy” in feminism. “Ellen drooling today over famous men’s bodies on #InternationalMensDay2018,” he wrote. “Yet I’ve been abused all day for complimenting @hollywills on her legs. The hypocrisy of modern feminism laid bare.”
Then he came for Little Mix:
Guess who didn’t like what he had to say? Joan Grande, Ariana’s mom. “Honestly what is wrong with you @piersmorgan ? Didn’t your mother ever teach you, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it,” she tweeted. “You came for @TheEllenShow yesterday which was disgraceful, she is an angel. @LittleMix today, did you ever hear of paying homage? And…well never mind.”
Morgan, of course, had some thoughts on that:
Enter one of social media’s most revered queens: Ariana Grande, who was ready to defend Ellen, Little Mix, and a woman’s right to do as she chooses with her own body. “Ellen is an incredible & kind human being.. I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to,” she wrote. “women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice. & we will keep fighting til people understand. i say this w all due respect but thank u, next.”
But was she finished? Oh no, she was not. She told Little Mix to “keep fighting the fight divas” and then came back for Morgan:
Next, she turned the tables on him with a semi-naked photo he’d posted.
Morgan is continuing to tweet at Grande, hoping perhaps that she’ll appear on his show.
But Grande’s already made her point and moved on. Or as she puts it, “Next.”