Little Mix are feeling the heat and being compared to strippers after performing in some pretty risqué outfits during their return to The X Factor stage on October 16.
Little Mix, who shot to fame when they won the British singing competition during Season 8 back in 2011, appeared on the show to perform their new single “Shout Out To My Ex,” only to receive some serious backlash from social media users who claimed the girlband’s outfits made them look like “strippers” and “prostitutes.”
According to The Mirror, a number of The X Factor viewers took to Twitter to slam Little Mix and their provocative stage attire, with some even comparing the girlband, made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, to prostitutes.
“Maybe I’m getting too old but to me Little Mix look like four prostitutes the way they are dressed. Not great role models,” @StrictlyHutchy tweeted, while @LouiseSparrow asked, “Love Little Mix but do they have to dress as prostitutes? #xfactor @TheXFactor.”
“@TheXFactor very sad to see Little Mix who are role models to young girls dressed like strippers,” @LauraJaneScale added following Little Mix’s The X Factor performance of “Shout Out To My Ex.” “What is this saying?”
But while some fans slammed Little Mix and their “Shout Out To My Ex” outfits, others defended the girlband amid the costume drama.
“[People] kicking off about Little Mix looking like ‘prostitutes & strippers’ on #Xfactor need to grow up! Like you wouldn’t wear it if you could!” @Nicci_PT hit back amid the Little Mix controversy, while @Lubey_lou26 tweeted, “Little Mix getting slated for ‘dressing like strippers’ once again society telling women how they should dress and act…”
Little Mix are yet to comment on the controversy surrounding their onstage outfits, though the stripper claims didn’t appear to spoil the girlband’s big The X Factor return.
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Following their big performance of “Shout Out To My Ex,” Little Mix took to Twitter to send out a sweet message to the show, but did not touch on the drama surrounding their performance.
“It felt so good to be home tonight… where it all started!” Little Mix tweeted out on October 16. “Thank you The X Factor as always.”
Simon Cowell, who serves as a judge on the British singing show, also praised Little Mix on their performance on the social media site, but did not allude to fans comparing the band to “strippers” and “prostitutes” on Twitter.
“That was one of the best performances ever seen on The X Factor,” Simon tweeted out after Little Mix’s risqué performance of “Shout Out To My Ex,” which is thought to be aimed at former One Direction star Zayn Malik. “Congratulations Little Mix.”
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) October 16, 2016
Little Mix are yet to comment on social media users claiming their The X Factor performance outfits made them look like “strippers” and “prostitutes,” though the latest outfit controversy comes just days after former Spice Girls star Mel C slammed the girlband for being oversexualized.
Speaking to Britain’s The Sunday People, Mel put Little Mix on serious blast and claimed that she can no longer show their performances to her 7-year-old daughter, Scarlet Starr, because they’re too risqué.
Admitting that she “loves” Little Mix, Mel told the newspaper that the girls “are getting more provocative” since their days on The X Factor after winning the talent search five years ago.
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“They weren’t sexy and it’s got more and more that way. I love them, but I just say, ‘Stay you,'” Mel advised Little Mix before revealing that she no longer allows her daughter to watch Little Mix videos. “She is a massive Little Mix fan but I’ve started to be more sparing in what I show her,” the former Spice Girl admitted. “I don’t let her watch videos by artists that aren’t appropriate for her.”
What do you think of Little Mix being blasted as “strippers” and “prostitutes” for their The X Factor performance outfits?
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