The Floridian pop star was caught licking a tray of doughnuts and saying "I hate America" at the weekend.
Ariana Grande has landed herself right in it this week, with security camera footage emerging yesterday of the singer licking a tray of doughnuts and saying “I hate America”. Bizarre, if you’re reading about this news for the first time, but true.
As a result, she has been quick to issue an unreserved apology, but has also cancelled her scheduled appearance at the MLB All-Star Concert in Cincinnati on Saturday claiming that she needs to have her wisdom teeth removed.
TMZ posted a video on Tuesday (July 7th) which quickly went viral, of herself and her back-up dancer Ricky Alvarez in the Wolfee Donuts store in Lake Elsinore during the Fourth of July weekend. It shows the 22 year old pop star surreptitiously licking two doughnuts on a display shelf, and saying “I hate America”.
Ariana Grande has pulled out of the Cincinnati MLB All-Star concert soon after the doughnut incident
Authorities are now investigating the incident, with reports emerging that the store owner wants Grande and Alvarez prosecuted for ‘cross-contamination’.
In a statement released to BuzzFeed News the following day, Grande said sorry for her actions. “I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”
Rather, she claims she was remarking to her friend about the state of the American food industry. “I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole,” Grande wrote.
She added: “The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry.”
As if any of that excuses putting your tongue on food that you’re not going to eat. Genuinely gross.