Fans accuse Nickelodeon of ‘sexualising and infantilising’ teenage Ariana Grande

Nickelodeon has been accused of sexualizing Ariana Grande when she was a teenager.

The 7 Rings singer rose to fame at a young age, thanks to her role as Cat Valentine on Victorious, in 2010.

She famously made the move to spin-off Sam & Cat, opposite iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy – who reprised her role as Sam Puckett – in 2013.

However, after McCurdy’s tell-all memoir was released, in which she discussed allegations of exploitation during her time on the network by someone she referred to as ‘The Creator’, fans have questioned whether Grande was also a victim.

Twitter user @veronasfilms shared a series of clips of the 29-year-old in the role of Cat, from Nickelodeon’s now-defunct site, TheSlap.

The footage included a selection of suggestive self-tapes from the character, written and directed by Dan Schneider.


In the clips, she could be seen putting her fingers in her mouth at one point, while attempting to ‘juice a potato’ in another.

She also was also filmed attempting to put her toe in her mouth in one sketch, before lying on a bed and pouring water over herself in one clip.

Grande was 16 years old at the time of filming.

‘Everyone keeps bringing Ariana Grande for stan drama against Jennette and I don’t know why. Let’s not forget, Ariana is a victim herself from the creepiness of Dan Schneider,’ the post read.

Schneider created Victorious, iCarly, Sam & Cat and a string of other programs for Nickelodeon before he left the company in 2018.

He previously denied allegations that he ‘sexualized’ child actors in his shows in a 2021 interview with the New York Times, branding the claims ‘ridiculous’.

‘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,’ he told the publication.

‘I’m very willing to defend creative things that I believe in.’

He added: ‘The comedy was totally innocent.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Ariana and Nickelodeon for a comment.

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