In case you blocked it out due to confection-themed PTSD, Ariana Grande (opens in new tab) licked an innocent donut and declared "I hate America" last fall. Actually, here you go:
The incident caused an uproar among the nation's Donut Awareness groups, and Ariana had to issue an apology (opens in new tab). But thanks to Democratic National Committee emails released by WikiLeaks (opens in new tab), we now know that Ariana's potential White House appearance was nixed as a result.
In the leaked emails, DNC Finance Director Zachary Allen sent senior staffers the line "can we also vet Arianna* Grande"—which ignited a very lengthy and very shady email exchange last September.
*Note the misspelling.
You can read the correspondence here (opens in new tab), but in summary, a Lexis-Nexis search about Ariana was sent wide and included the following note: "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."
Deputy Compliance Director then wrote "finance would like to use Ariana Grand* as a performer for the Gala," to which White House employee Bobby Schmuck simply responded "nope, sorry."
No two words have ever been so chilling.
*Note the second misspelling.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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