Singer Ariana Grande slammed social media influencers for partying during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
She condemned people who were gathering at the cowboy-themed Saddle Ranch restaurant in LA.
“Couldn’t we have stayed at home just a few more weeks?” she asked on The Zach Sang Show last week.
However, TikTok star Bryce Hall dismissed Ariana’s comments, calling the remarks a “marketing move”.
“Because she knew that Tik Tokers have a high audience, she knew a lot of people would agree,” he said on the Hollywood Raw podcast, “because there’s a lot of people that hate TikTokers especially”.
“I mean, it was obviously like a marketing move and good for her,” he added. “But like, she’s not wrong.”
Ariana Grande has often encouraged her fans to stay indoors for Halloween. She tweeted, “Please dress up, take pics, but then get in your PJs and watch some scary movies,” “Going to parties right now is unsafe and absolutely not worth it.”
Earlier this year, Hall and another TikTok star Blake Gray were charged with violating Los Angeles’ health orders after partying at the home in the Hollywood Hills.
“If you have a combined 19 million followers on TikTok in the middle of a public health crisis, you should be modeling great behavior… rather than brazenly violating the law,” said Los Angeles city lawyer Mike Feuer.
Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti also ordered the city to shut off water and power to the home. “Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills,” he said.