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Mayim Bialik Slams Ariana Grande Billboard, Patriarchal Society

The ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress doesn’t want her children looking at women in lingerie on billboards.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: September 15th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Mayim Bialik Slams Ariana Grande Billboard, Patriarchal Society

Orthodox Jewish actress/neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik, took to mommy blog Kveller this weekend to share some thoughts on sexy billboards in Los Angeles.

Bialik specifically mentions Ariana Grande and Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’, but is sure to point out the pop singer and television show are not to blame, but instead our patriarchal society.

“There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does,” Bialik begins, referencing a billboard she saw with her two young sons.

“Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And is she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?”

“Am I a crotchety old lady,” the 38-year-old actress continues. “I guess so. But I don’t understand why this is what ads need to look like. Why do I have to be OK with young women literally in lingerie on gigantic billboards? If I want to see women in lingerie, I can walk through any mall with a Victoria’s Secret.”

Many of Grande’s fans came to her defense after reading Bialik’s blog. The ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress addressed their comments on Twitter, writing “Nothing personal against Ariana Grande or sexy women. Chill out, people. My @Kveller post was social commentary! Have a sense of humor!”

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