Bette Midler Slams Ariana Grande
I'm not sure why, but these things usually come in batches...when celebrity mouths meet their feet. Earlier this week I posted a few insulting comments Bette Midler made about the gay community, here.
'The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old
days, you just don’t see them anymore,' Midler tells Advocate.com.
'I really do miss them because there was a feeling I used to get that
people were expressing themselves in the most elaborate of ways,' she
adds. 'Now the [gay community] has kind of gone mainstream. It’s sort of
ordinary now, and a little bit of the specialness has rubbed away.'
Evidently, Bette misses the good old days when few came out of the closet, when guys were dying of AIDS and no one cared, and when gay marriage was nothing more than a metaphor for gay couples who had been together for the long term. We're not as entertaining for her anymore.
And now Bette allegedly did it again, and this time with Ariana Grande who is a bright, exciting young pop star just beginning to come into her own, so to speak. Ariana is also the sister of Frankie Grande, Broadway star, who also happened to be on Big Brother this summer. I posted about him several times, too. Frankie is openly gay and his sister has shown her ultimate support for him.
But Bette, not my gay icon, thinks Ariana is ridiculous.
“It’s terrible! 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 entertainer shared to
I'm thinking/hoping that comment may have been taken out of context. Bette's done a few ridiculous things, too, so she could be joking.
You can read the rest here.
Frankie Grande Is My Gay Icon
Speaking of gay icons, I thought I'd post a few things about Frankie Grande for those who don't know much about him. If I hadn't been a long time fan of the Big Brother series (since season one) I wouldn't have known much about him either. But I do think we'll be hearing more from him, and from his sister, Ariana.
First, he's adorable and he has a great body:
Frankie, 31, paired baby-pink skinny jeans with some black high-tops,
and his shirt and pink bow tie matched the fit of his pants: They're
quite literally painted on.
He's also absolutely brilliant and he was probably the smartest contestant this summer in the Big Brother house. The only reason he didn't win the grand prize is that he was too trusting and too nice, and if you're a fan of the Big Brother game you'll know that's what usually happens to the smartest players. It never fails. The ones who can con and game the best usually win. (Kind of like publishing and authors on Amazon.)
Second, Frankie is now on Broadway starring in Rock of Ages. I haven't been yet, but this is one I'm actually dying to see. And it's been a long time since I wanted to drive into Manhattan and see a B'way show.
"I'm so unbelievably excited," Grande, 31, tells PEOPLE of being cast as
Franz in the rock musical. "I have wanted to play Franz ever since I
first saw the show. I think it is one of the best, funniest, most clever
Grande began his Broadway career in 2007 when he joined the cast of the ABBA-inspired musical Mamma Mia! and had gotten close to booking the role of Franz – a character who was cut from the 2012 film but is a major role in the stage production – numerous times over the years.
And third, here's a link to all the info you need to know about Frankie for now.
Frank James Michael "Frankie" Grande Marchione was born on January 24,
1983 in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Grande is the older half-brother of
singer and actress Ariana Grande. He grew up in Boca Raton, Florida
where he attended Pine Crest School. Grande also graduated from
Muhlenberg College in 2005. He triple-majored in biology and grew up in
theater and dance. As of July 2014 he has over 200,000 subscribers on
YouTube and has over 500,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram. Grande
is openly gay.