Children’s TV network Nickelodeon has come under fire in recent weeks for allegedly abusing Jennette McCurdy and her Sam & Cat co-star Ariana Grande.
Following the bombastic release of McCurdy’s new memoir I’m Glad My Mother Died – in which the author details the abuse she allegedly suffered while working for Nickelodeon – many on social media have the footage of a boy Grande critically eyed the character as Cat Valentine.
Fans have accused the network of sexualizing and infantilizing Grande on screen. As a teenager, the actor and pop musician played the feisty, spacey cat in Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Sam & Cat.
in the a viral Twitter thread, @VERONASFILMS shared a series of clips put together by YouTube user Skarlett Akira of a young Grande portraying Cat in video blogs for TheSlap, a fictional social media platform used by characters from Victorious. Filmed in Cat’s bedroom, the video shows the teen star putting her toes and fingers in her mouth while looking at the camera; lying upside down on the bed, pouring water into her mouth and over her face; squeaking and grunting when trying to “juice” a potato; and scream “I’m soaking wet!”
“Everyone keeps bringing Ariana Grande to the Stan drama vs Jennette and idk why. let’s not forget, ariana is a victim of the creepiness of [‘iCarly,’ ‘Victorious’ and ‘Sam & Cat’ creator] dan schneider,” @VERONASFILMS captioned the video, which has racked up more than 3.3 million views on Twitter as of Thursday. The full version has gained more than 11 million views on YouTube since 2019.
“that’s why she doesn’t talk about the role of the cat valentine anymore. They have sexualized and infantilized them.”
After sharing a few more “very awkward” clips of Grande and “Victorious” actress Victoria Justice, @VERONASFILMS argued that the former child stars “have every right not to talk about what happened on the victorious set. it was insanely uncomfortable and disgusting what was going on. She doesn’t want to relive that trauma or talk about cat Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t want to!”
Much of the criticism seems to be aimed at Schneider, who created and wrote dozens of episodes of iCarly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat. In her tell-all book, McCurdy recalls being emotionally abused and inappropriately touched by someone she anonymously refers to as “The Creator” – leading many to point the finger at Schneider.
A Schneider representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred thousand dollars hush money not to speak publicly about my experiences on the show? My personal experience of abuse of the Creator?” McCurdy writes in her book.
“This is a network with shows for children. Shouldn’t they have some kind of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to report according to an ethical standard?”
McCurdy’s lively memoir, published Aug. 9, also mentions Grande, whom she says she envied and resented while working on Sam & Cat. Because the spinoff show was at odds with Grande’s burgeoning music career, the singer was repeatedly absent from the set, causing McCurdy to become “pissed off” and “jealous” of her co-star.
“I’m done with being a good sport. I hate being a good athlete,” she writes.
“If I wasn’t such a good athlete from the start, I wouldn’t be in this predicament in the first place. I wouldn’t be on that s show saying those s lines on that s set with that s hairstyle. … That’s the way it is. Ariana misses working on her music career while I play with a box.”
Officials from Grande and Nickelodeon did not immediately respond to Los Angeles Times requests for comment.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-08-16/ariana-grande-nickelodeon-the-slap-sexualized-jennette-mccurdy Ariana Grande fans accuse Nickelodeon of sexualizing her