Harsh! Did Bette Midler just call Ariana Grande a 'whore'?

Nov 25, 2014 at 9:06 a.m. ET
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Ariana Grande has been shedding her child star image fast and furiously, and she's not afraid to let the world know she's all grown up, but Bette Midler is unimpressed.

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There's no denying that Grande is a seriously talented young woman, but it's the fact that she's using her sex appeal to sell her albums, or as Midler puts it, "slithering around on a couch," that the actress has a problem with.

Speaking during an interview with The Telegraph, the Parental Guidance actress shared her opinions about the current state of the music industry and just how disgusting it is.

"It's terrible!" Midler told the paper. "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. I mean, it's silly beyond belief, and I don't know who's telling her to do it."

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"I wish they'd stop. But it's not my business, I'm not her mother. Or her manager," Midler continued. "Maybe they tell them that's what you've got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold."

The Hocus Pocus star then continued to share her thoughts on how the times have changed, and that there are no longer any boundaries for what people can or can't do.

"Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart," she mused. "And now it's whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they're having sex. They really like to slap each other's butts."

But Midler does have some sound advice for young women wanting to break into showbiz today, and that is to trust your talent.

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"Trust your talent," she explained. "You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don't."