Ariana Grande felt the wrath of the Internet last year when a video released showing her licking doughnuts at a Lake Elsinore, CA shop and proclaiming, "I hate Americans. I hate America." The pop singer then issued not one, not two, but three apologies to make up for the several screw-ups, but not before getting dropped by the White House for a scheduled performance.
With the recent leak of thousands of internal DNC emails via WikiLeaks, the tongue-bathing incident has been revived (we hope) one last time because of the alleged why the White House nixed her appearance. According to one particular email from DNC staffer Zachary Allen, a request was sent to White House officials to vet Grande following her horrifically gross pastry etiquette. Here's the meat and potatoes of that inquiry (courtesy of Gawker):
"Ariana Butera-video caught her licking other peoples’ donuts while saying she hates America; Republican Congressman used this video and said it was a double standard that liberals were not upset with her like they are with Trump who criticized Mexicans; cursed out a person on Twitter after that person used an offensive word towards her brother."
The White House, via employee Bobby Schmuck, then reportedly stomped out any chance Grande had to perform with a "nope, sorry."
It appears that if you're a pop star and you insult Americans by denigrating their favorite pastry and calling them out, there could be repercussions from the White House.
[via Complex, Gawker]