How Ariana Grande’s donut scandal cost her a trip to the White House

The popstar is one dangerous donut-licking woman.

Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande album cover
Ariana in disguise Ariana Grande on the cover of latest album Dangerous Woman. Image Picture Republic

It’s been more than a year since #DonutGate, the scandal that saw Ariana Grande in hot water after licking a glazed goodie before telling the store employee: “What the f*ck is that? I hate Americans. I hate America.”

Maybe it’s the kind of prank kids pull these days? Probably thrown up on Snapchat, Periscope or some other social media stream to generate ‘lols’.

Regardless, that forbidden donut didn’t go down too well with the White House. Grande was in the running to perform for Barack Obama at the White House gala last September, but her bizarre sugar treat-licking incident cost her the gig.

According to DNC email exchanges emerging on WikiLeaks, Grande was being vetted for DNC finance chair Zachary Allen in the run-up to the White House gala.

“Ariana Butera-video caught her licking other peoples’ donuts while saying she hates America,” DNC deputy compliance director Kevin Snowden wrote in response, referring to Grande’s real name.

“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.”

“Nope, sorry,” a White House staffer wrote back.

Grande issued a swift public apology after the incident saying she’d “never been prouder to be American” before rebounding with hit album Dangerous Woman earlier this year.

She’s also firmly Team Hillary, if the below tweet is anything to go by…

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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