Well, that escalated quickly. Ariana Grande was barred from performing at a White House function last fall after she made headlines for licking a doughnut, according to an exchange from the recently hacked Democratic National Committee emails.
According to the messages, which were released via WikiLeaks on Friday, July 22, Grande, 23, was being considered as a performer for a gala for the President of the United States, but in an extremely detailed back-and-forth that took place last September, she was ultimately deemed unfit for the job.
“Can we also vet Arianna Grande?” DNC finance chair Zachary Allen wrote in an email, misspelling the singer’s name. In response, a long, detailed breakdown of the pop star’s controversy was circulated among several senior staffers.
“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,” a Lexis-Nexis search sent to several White House officials on Sept. 10 reads.
The extensive file also notes that Grande (real name: Ariana Grande-Butera) was not hit with criminal charges following the July 4 incident, though it did bring about “two long YouTube apologies.”
“In the second of her two YouTube apologies posted last week, the 22-year-old singer said she was ‘disgusted’ with herself and wanted to ‘disappear’ after TMZ posted the video,” the email reads.
The report also brings up GOP Congressman Jeff Duncan’s Facebook post, which criticized America’s “double standards” in letting Grande get away with bashing the country while holding Donald Trump accountable for his offensive words.
“This misguided young pop star said that she hated America and hated Americans, while she proceeded to contaminate food for resale with the very tongue with which she uttered the hatred rant,” Duncan wrote in a lengthy post. “The double-standards in this country are disgusting.”
In short, Grande’s appearance at the White House was dismissed with a simple, “Nope, sorry.”
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