Resurfaced footage showing a teenage Ariana Grande being “s*xualized and infantilized” has people h0rrified.
A Twitter user managed to dig up several clips of the actress-turned-singer, who appeared as Cat on the h!t kids shows, Victorious and Sam & Cat.
The Tweet, which has garnered almost 80,000 likes, makes an observation as to why Grande no longer discusses her role as Cat – given that Nickelodeon “s*xualized and infantilized” her.
Accompanying the tweet was a two-minute video that shows Grande’s character, Cat, acting out and voicing the random thoughts her character would have.
Cat, who was portrayed as a sweet but dim teenager, was filmed in a variety of apparently suggestive acts; including putting her finger down her throat, attempting to bite her toe, and gripping a seemingly phallic potato with both hands.
Another clip shows her laying back on a bed with her head over the edge, provocatively pouring bottled water on her face and chest to demonstrate whether it was “possible for a teenage girl to drink water while upside down.”
Ariana Grande played sweet but dim teenager, Cat, in two Nickelodeon shows. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy
The Twitter user, named @veronasfilms, posted a further video of Grande’s character. This time, Cat is seen in a bikini top and mini shorts being circled by a group of young men who are spraying her with water g-uns.
Later on in the video, Grande is sitting on one of the men’s laps making pottery in what is an obvious recreation of the famous scene from the movie Ghost, starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. The pair’s hands are intertwined as they work on the lump of clay.
The resurfaced Nickelodeon footage comes after Jennette McCurdy, who co-starred with Grande in Sam and Cat, revealed expl0sive details on the ways Nickelodeon bosses al|egedly exploited her as a child star.
A recent article by VT reported on McCurdy’s disturbing claims, which are revealed in her latest memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died.
These claims included her being “photographed in a bikini for a Nickelodeon wardrobe fitting,” as well as being “encouraged to drink alc0hol” by a person McCurdy refers to as “The Creator.”
Jennette McCurdy, who co-starred with Ariana Grande, has been open about how Nickelodeon exploited her as a child actor. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy
McCurdy also al|eged that Nickelodeon offered her “$300,000 in hush money to deter her from publicly discussing her employment,” per VT.
At the center of these shocking al|egations is Dan Schneider, a producer who worked with McCurdy and Grande and created the Nickelodeon shows that they starred on.
Some media outlets and internet users appear to believe that McCurdy was referring to him and now wonder whether Schneider is responsible for encouraging the teenage actors to perform suggestive scenes.
A New York Times article wrote how Nickelodeon distanced themselves from Schneider, who was accused of verbally abu&ing his colleagues and “s*xualizing” young actors.
In response, Schneider is quoted to have said that these accusations were “ridiculous lies,” stating: “The comedy was totally innocent. I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.”