Ariana Grande TMZ

It is always interesting to see celebrities whose financial and professional dreams came true in America, who then turn around and bash the country that gave them so much. Today’s example comes in the form of pop singer Ariana Grande, who decided to go into a doughnut shop with her goofy-looking backup dancer boyfriend, lick the food, and then tell him how much she hates the country and its citizens.

TMZ obtained the video and reported on the doughnut-licking, but conveniently left out the “I hate America” part. Telling. Since the click-bait obsessed website decided to leave out the bigger story to protect the singer, I’ll pull from The Hollywood Reporter instead.

Grande was accompanied by three friends, and the footage shows her kissing one of the two men, who also appeared to lick one of the donuts. Grande laughed out loud after he seemingly licked a donut and walked away.

When the shop employee returned with a new tray of donuts, Grande asked, “What the f**k is that?”

“I hate Americans,” she continued. “I hate America.”

As with all celebrities when they get caught saying really mean things about the country that helped make them stars, it was only a matter of time before the “I’m sorry I got caught” apology was released.

Billboard reported the singer’s statement Wednesday:

“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. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and 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. 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. […] That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.

Ms. Grande has yet to explain how licking doughnuts that she has no intention of buying falls in line with her “healthy eating” advocacy, or how her decision to lick those doughnuts was taken “out of context.”

When a woman says “I hate Americans. I hate America,” there really isn’t much to take out of context. It seems as though the “context” that was missing was that the singer meant to say “I hate obese Americans. I hate obese America.”

Notice how she “hates” America, but that hate is fueled by the freedom to choose what, where, and how often we eat particular foods. Ironically, she says it while she is inside a doughnut shop. Maybe next week she can go into a Waffle House and wish that the United States lost World War II.

If I, Douglas Ernst, want to eat a doughnut the size of my head, I should be able to do that without having to worry that the political manifestation of Ariana Grande in Washington, D.C. is writing legislation to limit the size of American pastries.

A woman who simply cares about healthy eating does not say “I hate America” when she sees a doughnut. Ms. Grande’s outburst was an indicator that many more hostile thoughts about her country lurk just beneath the surface. The next time Ms. Grande uses her social media soapbox to preach about public policy issues, remember the time she said she “hates” America. Then, do more homework on the issue somewhere else.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

11 comments

  1. Great post. What an annoying twit. Besides hating on America, it’s also really tacky to lick people’s donuts, just proving once again that money and fame sure don’t buy class.

    1. Messing with someone’s food like that is pretty low and it says a lot about her character. Like you said, a person can have all the money in the world, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if they’re bankrupt on the inside. It’s not like she’s a kid, either. She’s 22 years old. I can understand that (sort of) from a high school kid, but not a 22-year-old.

  2. So Ariana Grande is secretly a Nazi? I KNEW IT!!! lol

    “Ms. Grande has yet to explain how licking doughnuts that she has no intention of buying falls in line with her “healthy eating” advocacy, or how her decision to lick those doughnuts was taken “out of context.”

    I’m just confused about how we went from “I hate America” to “America has the highest obesity rate in the world”. Seems like an acute case of “Oh s#@% they caught me!”, and now she’s in the process of damage control.

    1. For someone to say “I hate America,” there would need to be a litany of things bubbling up inside for her to be upset about. It bothers me when people honk within a millisecond after the red light turns green, but I would never respond by saying, “I hate America.” How freaking weird do these two need to be that they would lick a stranger’s food?

      My guess is that in the days and months and years to come, Ms. Grande is going to frequent restaurants where the wait staff exacts some revenge. Now that she’s licked strangers’ food on camera and said she “hates” America, someone is going to lick her food (or worse). Smooth move, Ms. Grande.

  3. Was she born in America, educated in America, living a life of success in America? What an ungrateful little wench. If she hates America so much she can always move somewhere else, but please not to Australia.

    What’s the deal on licking doughnuts she had no intention of buying. Was the store owner reimbursed for them?

    There are some wonderfully talented pop musicians out there. Taylor Swift and Sia come immediately to mind, but I have no tolerance for the diva antics of celebrity obsessed, semi-talented pop stars.

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/ariana-grande-cancels-australian-media-photo-shoots-after-issuing-long-list-of-demands/story-e6frfn09-1227051833588

    1. I think she was raised in Boca Roton, Fla., which indicates that her parents have some serious cash. It’s a pretty affluent area. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, probably got all sorts of expensive voice lessons and access to well-connected individuals in the music industry, parlayed that into a successful career (to her credit), and yet she still “hates” America.

      I hear you on the diva antics. One would think that in an age with so many social media platforms that behavior like that would be squashed. Sadly, I think there are just a lot of people who actually like diva antics because they weirdly wish they can treat people like peons.

      Sorry little girl, but you don’t get to use the press to make yourself look like a queen (e.g., only photograph the left side of my face), and then demand that only pre-approved questions are asked. Thank goodness for blogs. I really do think that the best of them provide content that is far superior to major media outlets because you regularly get honest opinions that aren’t bought and paid for by moneymen, advertisers, etc.

      It really bothered me that TMZ would put out the video of Ariana Grande licking the doughnuts and then not mention the “I hate America” comment in the headline or the actual story. It shows you what lengths media outlets will go to in order to cover up or smooth over bad press for their favorite people.

  4. What an ungrateful little snot. If she hates America so much, then she should leave. She can certainly afford to. Plus I hate it when celebrities lecture people about what they should eat, how they should live, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was a food hypocrite like Michelle Obama: tell people eat only “healthy” food while going out and having 2,500 calorie meals.

    1. I just love the fact that she’s trying to say she only cares about obesity as a health issue right after she was in a doughnut shop. Haha.

      Maybe I’ll go to The Cheesecake Factory, get some cheesecake, and then complain about people who like cheesecake.

    2. Ha. I’ll probably go to the grocery store, buy a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and then complain about people who like it.

      In all seriousness, I do wish these celebrities would take a step back and keep their opinions to themselves. She’s yet another liberal activist who tells her fans to become vegans and to boycott Seaworld because of some since-debunked CNN documentary. And with her “I hate America” comments, she should make good on her comments and leave the country if she hates it so much.

  5. I think it’s pretty clear why she said she hates America and licked other people’s food. She was trying to impress the guy she was with. As you said, blaming it on general obesity is a non sequitur. No one says they hate an entire nation because a portion of the population has made poor choices in life. Her non-apology is just as ludicrous as if she had said it out on the street and responded later with “I just get upset when I think of America’s homelessness rates.” Of course that isn’t why she said it, and it’s sad/insulting that she thought that excuse would work. One says they hate a nation not because of a subgroup of its population, but because of the principles of the nation itself: America’s freedoms, its representative government, etc.

    And I don’t even think it is damning evidence against her character as much as the character of the culture she’s surrounded by. She’s just a young woman trying to impress a guy. She thought saying “I hate America ” would be impressive because she sees people in her everyday life who are impressed by America hating rhetoric. She’ll take the slings and arrows and pay her penance on this one and soon everyone will forget, but we’ll never get around to answering the question of where these words came from. We’ll rip Dukes of Hazard off TV because we have to blame someone for a psychopath killer, but if a Pop singer says she hates America the media acts like it all manifested from thin air.

    1. “We’ll rip Dukes of Hazard off TV because we have to blame someone for a psychopath killer, but if a Pop singer says she hates America the media acts like it all manifested from thin air.”

      Nicely put, JR. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate it. I think you made some fantastic points, especially as it pertains to the overall culture.

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