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TikTok Star Bryce Hall Claims Ariana Grande Shaded Pandemic Partiers as a 'Marketing Move'

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Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Bryce Hall believes Ariana Grande is calling out TikTok stars' lack of social distancing for clout.

While chatting on the Hollywood Raw podcast, the TikTok creator claimed that the pop star was dissing the app's influencers as a publicity stunt. "She's not wrong but like unnecessary," he said. "Yeah. It's unnecessary to call out a specific group, especially when there's other people doing it."

"Because she knew that TikTokers have, like, a high audience," he continued. "She knew a lot of people would agree, because there's a lot of people that hate TikTokers especially. I mean, it was obviously like a marketing move and good for her. But like, she's not wrong."

Grande didn't mention TikTokers specifically in her hour-long chat with Zach Sang Oct. 30, when she called out those who spend time at the Saddle Ranch country-western restaurant on the Sunset Strip, where the influencers are often seen.

"Couldn't we have just stayed at home for a few more weeks, like all the other countries that were fine and are better than we are? Did we really all need to go to f--king Saddle Ranch that badly that, like, we couldn't have waited for the deathly pandemic to pass?" she said. "Like, we all really needed to put on our cowgirl boots and ride a mechanical bull that bad. We all needed that Instagram post that badly?"

Back in August, Hall and fellow TikToker Blake Gray were charged with two misdemeanors after throwing a large party at a Hollywood Hills rental home. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti also shut down their utilities and power for breaking safety protocols amid the coronavirus spread. "Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders," he said in a statement.

Grande has been an outspoken advocate for COVID-19 safety, most recently encouraging her fans to stay home on Halloween. "please dress up, take pics, but then get in your pjs and watch some scary movies," she tweeted. "going to parties right now is unsafe and absolutely not worth it. please be safe. happy halloween everyone !"