Ariana Grande Issues Another Donut-Gate Apology: Watch
The world of pop music is always populated by trumped-up controversies and sensationalism, but Ariana Grande‘s donut-licking scandal is one of the most bizarre, meaningless, hilarious stories to come out of this clickbait economy’s meat grinder. And last night (July 9), the singer ensured her bratty Bieber Moment would stay in the headlines a little bit longer by issuing her second apology — this one a four-minute video epic — after her first mea culpa flopped harder than Tyga‘s album.
A quick refresher: Earlier this week, security footage from a donut shop in California showed Grande and her boyfriend licking random donuts that were to be sold to customers, unbeknownst to the employees, and she can be heard saying “I hate America” at one point. The internet exploded, so Grande issued an apology, using the “out of context” excuse and offering some explanation involving childhood obesity and how she gets upset by Americans’ eating habits. There were several gaping logical chasms in this argument, so it did not go over well! And so now we have apology attempt #2.
In the black-and-white webcam video broadcast “from wisdom tooth recovery hell,” Grande expresses regret that she used the first statement to air her issues with the food industry, and wanted to send this message to sincerely apologize for the whole thing.
“I’m not here to make any excuses or justify my behavior, because I can’t. I’m just here to apologize,” she said. She also broached the America topic again.
“I’ve actually never been prouder to be an American, to be honest,” Grande explained. “The advances that we’ve made in the past couple of months and all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on, I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually.”
She added that seeing the candid video of the incident was a “rude awakening” and that she was disgusted with herself.
“It’s been rough. I made a mistake and I am being judged for it,” the singer said. “I’m 22 years old, I’m human. I still got a lot to learn. And I’ll make mistakes, and that’s how I’m gonna learn.”
Watch the whole thing below.