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Ariana Grande's White House Concert Allegedly Axed Over Doughnut-Licking Incident

A WikiLeaks hack reveals emails detailing the pop star’s fried dough, America-hating antics

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Ponytailed pop star Ariana Grande just can’t seem to shake her doughnut-licking reputation. For those who don’t recall the incident that erupted more than a year ago, the singer was caught on camera in a California doughnut shop clandestinely licking several doughnuts, returning them to their trays, and declaring "I hate America." Adding insult to patriotic injury the events transpired on the Fourth of July.

The doughnut tampering acts as a resulted in some major backlash against the miniature songstress. She was allegedly dropped from the lineup for an MLB All-Star Concert, while teenage fans were inspired to post selfies of themselves licking doughnut emojis. Grande later released a not-so-sincere apology claiming she licked the doughnuts out of concern for American eating habits, followed by an apology for her apology. Still, the damage to her reputation was done.

Now, Gawker reports that the pop star was turned down for a performance at the White House as a result of the fried dough scandal. Hacked Democratic National Committee emails revealed this week by WikiLeaks include a detailed discussion of the doughnut debacle. In one message, a staffer summarizes the incident:

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 correspondence goes on to detail the reactions from conservatives who compared Grande’s comments to those of Donald Trump who famously made controversial statements about Mexican immigrants. One White House employee Bobby Schmuck eventually puts the kibosh on the pop star’s performance with a simple, "Nope, sorry." Perhaps there’s a lesson here for other singers out there with dreams of performing for POTUS. Don’t mess with American doughnuts.

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