Celebrities have issued varying reactions to young singer Ariana Grande’s public apology following her doughnut-licking and American-bashing scandal. Rob Lowe called the apology "lame," while Susan Sarandon supported the young singer by calling for a "lick a doughnut" solidarity movement.
Both stars took to Twitter with comments about the matter. "As my grandpa would say: 'Yeah, sure. Pull the other leg, it plays jingle bells!' #Lame," Lowe wrote. He further mocked Grande by saying she actually loves America, contrary to what she was caught saying in the video. On the other hand, Grande can find comfort in Sarandon’s tweet, “Today, lick a doughnut in solidarity with @ArianaGrande. A sweet, talented, true American.”
The whole doughnut-licking scandal exploded when TMZ released a video showing Grande, accompanied by rumored lover Ricky Alvarez and other friends. In the surveillance footage, the 22-year-old singer was seen licking random doughnuts displayed on a store counter. At the end of the video, Grande is heard saying, “I hate Americans. I hate America.” Soon after the video was released, negative comments about Grande flooded social media.
Seeking to contain the damage, Grande released a lengthy public apology the next day on YouTube. The “Bang Bang” singer claimed she is extremely proud to be American and apologized for her words, saying they were taken out of context, considering obesity in the country. “The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies," she added.
Fortunately, health officials in California did not receive any complaints from those who ate the doughnuts that Grande and her friend licked, spokeswoman Dottie Merki told the Los Angeles Times. The owner of the Wolfee Donuts store filed a complaint against Grande and Alvarez. Despite the video being investigated, officials said no criminal charges are imminent.
Meanwhile, Grande canceled plans to appear at the MLB All-Star Concert this weekend. She is being replaced by “Cool For The Summer” singer Demi Lovato, E! Online reported. While fans think Grande was replaced because of the doughnut-licking and "I hate America" incident, the singer confirmed that she needed the break to recover from dental surgery.
The 86th MLB All-Star Game will air on Fox from Cincinnati on Tuesday night.