Ariana Grande's Twitter Q&A turns feral
Twitter Q&As always seem like a such good idea on a whiteboard at a marketing meeting. Italian-American tweenie pop princess Ariana Grande is the latest celebrity to cop a roasting during a Twitter Q&A, which trended worldwide on the social media network on Friday morning (NZ time).
Grande, who opened the MTV VIdeo Music Awards on Monday and has had three big hits in recent weeks (Problem, Break Free and Bang Bang), opened the doors to her nearly 18 million Twitter followers to ask her anything using the #AskArianaGrande hashtag. But of course the time-wasters, trolls, lovestruck and plan weirdos flooded in too.
Some posed her brain-aching science and maths questions: "Do you believe that protons are stable or do you believe that all supermassive bosons will eventually decay?" and Joe's "Solve the equation: 5(-3x - 2) - (x - 3) = -4(4x + 5) + 13".
Plenty of smart alecs took the opportunity to comment on her young appearance (Grande is 21 but looks much younger), and not always kindly, like F-Stop Fitzgerald, "You're ridiculously sexualized and yet you look like a 12-year-old girl. How do you feel about this?", and @stupidflanders, "Is it hard work coordinating a tour around nap time and snack time?". Marissa was more blunt: "Do restaurants still give you a pack of crayons when you get seated?"
Most were naive and sweet queries along the lines of "what's your favourite ice cream flavour?", "will you go to my Prom with me?" and possibly the most asked "why are you so perfect?". Many wanted to know who her idols were (Audrey Hepburn was a popular option) and which boy band she liked best, One Direction or 5 Seconds of Summer?
Grande did not reply to the trolls but did respond sweetly to her obviously younger fans, although sent only 10 responses over two hours before stopping - perhaps because it had begun to get out of control.
Many decided it was a productive use of their time to ask her the mildly amusing unanswerables, like Movie-Empire, "Why does your name sound like something on a Starbucks menu?"; or Bhomas Tacigalupi, "How come you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway? Hmm? HMM?"; or Sam Green's "Will you sing breaking free with me? im (sic) pretty sick so follow my lead"; or Garmyheadchef's lame: "I've got a packet of fish fingers in the freezer which are one week out of date, should I eat them?"
DeLaDank showed admirable perspicacity to frame his romantic approach with "if i kiss you how long will it take for your body guards to tackle me to the ground?". But most were not so subtle.
Predictably many were enquiring about her relationships, especially with rapper Big Sean, and sadly but equally expected, Grande was also trolled with hundreds of sexually explicit and offensive tweets.