Jennette McCurdy, who stars in the hit Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, did not attend the network’s Kid’s Choice Awards on Saturday night, leading to speculation that there was a rift between the 21 year old star and the peddler’s of pedo-friendly, and kid-focused entertainment. McCurdy, who has been in the midst of a selfie “scandal” after some fairly innocuous pictures she took of herself in lingerie were leaked recently, explained her reasoning on Twitter:
A lot of you guys are asking why I didn’t attend the KCAs…. I wish I could explain everything as thoroughly as I would like to, but unfortunately a simpler explanation is all I can write. I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing. I want to thank those of you who have reached out with kind words of support, McCurdians and Arianators alike. No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first. If you have done that, thank you.
She later clarified that the statement had nothing to do with the leaking of the pictures. Given that Sam & Cat won for best show at the awards, and has a huge star in Grande, the fact that it has not been renewed for a second season has led to speculation that the selfie situation has something to do with its impending, but still rumored, cancelation, some headlines to the contrary.
“The photos caused no issues between McCurdy and the network, and we have the utmost respect for her,” a Nickelodeon rep told the Daily News.
It wouldn’t be a shock to anyone if the photos did have something to do with McCurdy’s rumored spat with the network. As a reminder to young women in show business everywhere:While you have to live up to an almost impossible standard of beauty in order to remain employed, your sexuality is still the property of the people you work for, so don’t do anything with it that they don’t sign off on. She could probably use some of this advice from Meryl Streep right about now.