In the heady days of her budding career, well before the public shame of “Donutgate,” Ariana Grande probably never dreamed that she’d land a spot on the list of America’s most disliked celebrities. But according to the Hollywood Reporter, the 22-year-old pop singer didn’t just crack the top 10, she almost grabbed the proverbial brass ring, earning the number two spot just behind Bill Cosby. That’s right — Ariana Grande is almost as disliked as a man who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault with accusations spanning several decades.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the “negative” ratings were derived through a close look at a series of popularity ratings compiled by a company called Q Scores. The celebrity news site looked at negative Q Score ratings of the celebrities who have experienced the biggest falls from grace from 2013 to 2015 in compiling the list of “most disliked.” Ariana Grande is joined on the list by the likes of NeNe Leaks (#10), Paula Deen (#9), and Dr. Oz (#3). By and large, Ariana’s decline in popularity (a 26 point increase in negative points) is attributed to footage obtained by TMZ in which she was seen licking donuts on a public counter and proclaiming that she “hates America.” Hard cheese, Ariana.
For what it’s worth, fans in Japan don’t seem to be swayed by all of the ho-humming and hot sighing in America. Ariana Grande arrived in Japan on Thursday after a long flight from the United States. Via Instagram, she updated her fans about her trip, even sharing a note that was given to her by a young admirer.
When she touched down in Tokyo, Ariana emerged from her plane wearing a unique ensemble, comprised of a fluffy pink unicorn suit, black heels, and a leather purse. She greeted fans at the airport before moving on with her excursion.
It’s difficult to know just when or how Ariana can get back into the good graces of American fans. Indeed, there’s an entire industry based upon damage control and resurrection of the disgraced and disliked. Ariana Grande hasn’t earned the star power that Mel Gibson, Hulk Hogan, or Martha Stewart enjoyed at their respective primes, but at the same time, she can be thankful that she is only counting her losses in Q Scores and not millions upon millions of dollars. Such is the lesson of how people rise and fall quickly in America’s celebrity culture.
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