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.