It has been several days since singer Ariana Grande was caught on camera licking a donut and allegedly saying that she hates America. But despite her hopes that “it goes away soon,” the Ariana Grande donut licking incident is still fresh on a lot of people’s minds.
The whole hullabaloo started during the Fourth of July weekend when the singer was caught on a Wolfee Donuts surveillance video licking the donuts that were on the counter. The video also caught her saying “What the f*** is that? I hate Americans. I hate America” when an employee brought out a tray of huge donuts.
The incident immediately sparked a stream of negative comments and a health investigation of the donut shop. The store’s health rating also allegedly dropped from “A” to “B.”
The incident also prompted the 22-year-old to release two videos; the first was a pseudo-apology that didn’t actually sound like she was sorry, and the second video was her apology for the first video.
The “Break Free” singer apologized for missing the “opportunity to actually sincerely apologize” in the first video because she was too busy getting on her soapbox and preaching about the food industry.
She also insisted that she’s “never been prouder to be American.”
“All the advances we’ve made in the last couple of months, all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on — I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually,” she said.
She ended her apology by reminding people that she’s only 22 and a human, with a lot more things to learn.
Aside from the very public backlash, Grande also risks having charges pressed against her by Wolfee Donuts. There have been conflicting reports on whether Joe Marin, the owner, will be pressing charges for the donut licking. Some news sites have stated that the owner won’t be pressing charges, but according to the Roz and Mocha Show, Marin has already contacted the police about pressing charges against the singer.
“I did press charges and then when I was reading the newspaper it said that… I decided not to and I don’t know where that came from,” Marin said.
However, it seems that the donut licking incident isn’t the (only) reason the shop’s inspection grade dropped.
According to Keith Jones, Deputy Director of the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, the donuts being out in the open was not the reason for the downgraded score.
“Wolfee Donuts inspection score was reduced from an A to B because their dishwashing machine wasn’t up to standards,” Jones explained.
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