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Apr 24, 2020

Ariana Grande Said TikTok Impersonations Of Her Are "Degrading", And One TikTok Star Responded

"It's kind of why I'm not a fan of her anymore, honestly," TikTok star Paige Niemann said of Ariana in a livestream.

This is Ariana Grande. You know that.

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And this, despite appearances, is not Ariana Grande.

It is, in fact, TikTok star Paige Niemann, who you probably saw all over your timeline a few months ago when her impersonations of Ariana went super viral.

I just know Ariana is terrified...

Seriously, people love Paige's impressions. She's gained almost 6 million followers on TikTok, and her account is full of snippets of her impersonations of Ari's most iconic moments.

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But it turns out there's one person who ~isn't~ too fond of the TikTok star, and that's Ms Grande herself. On Thursday, Ari took to her Instagram story to share a video from filmmaker Jordan Firstman, who was doing his impression of a meme.

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In the video, Jordan says this:

What if we, like, we took a moment, like a small clip from a movie or a TV show — something that, like, an artist really poured their soul into and it, like, it just took them years to make, and it was an uphill battle the entire time — what if we took a moment from that and we kind of, like, recontextualised it? Like, does that make sense? And we put a completely arbitrary meaning onto that thing that the artist loves so much? Kind of, like, degrading its entire value?

"I just think that could be, like, a fun, bitchy thing to do," he ends the video. "I'm so bored... I just kind of wanna ruin someone's life today."

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Well, the video seems to have resonated with Ariana, who reposted it in a now-deleted Instagram story and threw a little shade at her impersonators in the process.

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"Can this please also double as your impression of the pony tail TikTok girls who think doing the Cat Valentine voice and that wearing winged eyeliner and a sweatshirt is doing a good impersonation of me..." she wrote. "Cause this really how it feels."

This isn't the first time Ariana has shared her not-so-positive feelings about the TikTok trend. Back in November, she tweeted that the whole thing was "bizarre".

@knnewagb i just wonder whyyyy the cat voice / dialogue. 😭 i am sure she is the sweetest sweet sweetheart forreal !! but it’s definitley bizarre seeing people blend the two worlds lmao.

Then, when a fan pointed out that impersonators often go to her Victorious character, Cat Valentine, instead of Ariana herself, Ari replied with a simple "oof".

She even threw a little shade when she celebrated Victorious's 10th anniversary on Instagram last month, writing: "I really loved playing Cat Valentine (even though sometimes people think I actually still speak and act like that and her essence will lovingly haunt me 'til I die)."

Oh, and if you're curious, Paige herself is well aware of Ariana's stance on her impersonations — and she definitely has something to say back.

"I'm used to Ariana shading me, so it's whatever," she said during a livestream yesterday. "I'm just here to entertain people. It's not how I am in real life. It's kind of why I'm not a fan of her anymore, honestly."

Ariana Tiktok look-alike says on live that she’s “used to #arianagrande shading her” and that she’s “not a fan of Ariana anymore” ☕️👀😬

Welp. I guess they said what they said.

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Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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