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Michael Rapaport dragged on social media for sexist Ariana Grande comments

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Actor Michael Rapaport had a weird Wednesday. The 48-year-old took to Instagram yesterday to post a sexist, insult-laden comment on Ariana Grande‘s age and appearance.

Accompanied by a photo of a makeup-less Grande, Rapaport wrote: “Ariana Grande is 27 acts 12, you take off those boots she hides her legs in, the cat eye make up and the genie pony tale and I think there’s hotter women working the counter at Starbucks no disrespect to Starbucks.”

Rapaport’s insulting words immediately sparked a backlash. Comments criticizing his superficially misogynistic take on Grande came pouring in. Rather than find issue with her music or anything else related to her actual career, Rapaport decided to go after her appearance, and the appearances of Starbucks baristas. Not only that, but a simple Google search could have informed Rapaport that Grande is 25, not 27.

“Talk about acting like your are 12, way to tear a woman down for not being as hot as you want her to be,” a commenter responded. Another Instagram user, xmelzeex, tagged comedians Amy Schumer and Lisa Kudrow—Phoebe in Friends, whom Rapaport’s character Gary tried to win over—to explain to Rapaport why his comments were wrong: “@amyschumer call him out for this shit. EXPLAIN WHY this isn’t cool. It’s not just ‘snowflakes’ getting offended by ‘everything.’ This is some dark, misogynist shit. I don’t give a fuck about Ariana Grande, but women/girls need to know this shit isn’t okay…and WHY IT ISNT OKAY. Where’s Phoebe? Lol @lisakudrow.”

People on Twitter were not having it either.

“Did that make you feel better putting her down and making her feel like shit,” a user tweeted. “I normally love you but this was uncalled for.”

There were plenty of people who found no issue with Rapaport’s comments. Several Instagram users rallied to his defense, calling out offended users for their defensiveness.

This is not the first time Rapaport has attracted negative attention with his off-color comments. In July of 2018, he made headlines for his posts on Brendon Urie coming out as pansexual, and earlier this month his short video mocking Kanye West and Pete Davidson immediately garnered him negative feedback. To his credit, Rapaport apologized after finding out Davidson’s mental health struggles might not be so “fake” after all.

For his part, Rapaport doesn’t seem to care much about the backlash he is receiving. Following an influx of angry comments, Rapaport posted to Twitter. “I can say ANYTHING  about Cockeyed Kellyanne, Laura Ingram,Melania,Ivanka or Candance Owens & you little Hipster Fake Pussy Power Hat Wearing MoFo’s get hype.Elation,” he wrote. “Talk shit about Arianna Grande and & I hate Women? #Eat3Dwycks”

Grande has yet to respond to the insults. It’s unclear if she’ll ever read them.

H/T Jezebel

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.