Ariana Grande’s Doughnut-Licking Got Her Axed from Performing for President Obama

By Mike Pomranz |
Ariana Grande, Concert, White House

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It’s about time someone put their foot down against all these over-privileged pop stars and their outlandish behavior. And according to the recent leak of Democratic National Committee emails, the DNC is here to hold everyone to higher standards – except themselves, of course. As Gawker reported after digging through the trove of DNC correspondence posted on WikiLeaks, if you want to perform for the president you better have a background devoid of appalling acts like… licking doughnuts.

As you almost certainly recall (because news stories don’t get much bigger than this), last July, singer Ariana Grande was caught on camera at a California doughnut shop inappropriately licking doughnuts that had been left on a tray on the counter before later proclaiming, “I hate America.” How bad does a donut have to taste for you to dismiss an entire country over it?


Turns out that childish incident had some adult implications. Just a couple months later, Grande was being considered to perform for the president at a gala, but her vetting process didn’t go so smoothly. “Ariana Butera-video [sic] caught her licking other peoples’ donuts while saying she hates America,” the painfully long vetting response begins. “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 email goes on for dozens more paragraphs, meaning someone in Washington DC has an embarrassing amount of “Ariana Grade” searches in their web history.

In the end, a White House employee decided, “Nope, sorry,” when it came to giving the diminutive performer the go ahead to put on her cat ears and try to impress the president. It's almost as if the vetting process to perform for the president is more stringent than to be the president.


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