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Mayim Bialik: I Don't Know Who Ariana Grande Is But I Don't Like Her Sexy Billboard

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'Big Bang Theory' and 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik penned a column for a parenting site letting the world know that a billboard featuring Ariana Grande was a bit too sexy for her taste.

She writes at Kveller:

I am a bleeding heart liberal without exception. But I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they only wear to synagogue. I don’t favor my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don’t want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that. Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me. There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I’m sure. Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if 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?

At least Bialik admits she sounds like a "crotchety old lady" and seems to have a sense of humor about her discomfort with the ad. Bialik describes herself as "socially conservative even though I’m a liberal." The description seems spot on, because her issues sound like a mishmash of feminist ones—concern about
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the male gaze—as well as a prudish discomfort. In the same post, she admits she's uncomfortable talking to her son about the word "sex:" "Then there are the "Masters of Sex" ads. Seriously? How am I supposed to explain those to my kids? Especially my older son who can read?"

We're guessing the billboard in question is the one advertising the release of Grande's new album My Everything. Someone vandalized one of the billboards so that Grande was a little more covered up, and now perhaps Bialik should be added to the list of suspects:

Bialik wasn't anticipating the backlash to the post and asked everyone to chill because it was just "social commentary":

In any case, it looks like the normally very modest Bialik has had her own firsthand experience with posing in an outfit very similar to Grande's:

She looks just as uncomfortable as she sounds in her post.