By Hayden Wright
Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande emerged in the same wave of former child stars, and when a meme ran afoul of Grande last night, Lovato decided to speak up.
The meme in question compared Mariah Carey (“when you order it online”) to Grande (“when it arrives in the mail”), insinuating that Ariana is a low-rent version of Mariah. Demi shared the meme to Instagram but added “You got it the wrong way around honey.”
It was a tame burn and could easily have been dismissed as a matter of taste. There’s even something noble about gently sticking up for the butt of a viral meme—but Demi doubled down and her comments turned to a blistering attack on Carey. In the comments section (never read the comments), she wrote: “Mariah is a legend and is so talented but constantly disses people. It’s nasty the way she treats Jennifer [Lopez]. Ari did nothing wrong.”
“This is why I posted what I did,” she wrote in another comment. “Jen keeps it classy but I’m not afraid to say s—. The woman is mean for no reason. Extremely talented? Yes. Superhuman? Possibly. Unnecessarily rude? Absolutely.”
The meme has since been deleted but everyone can agree on one thing: Mariah Carey is “extremely talented.”