Ariana Grande made headlines this week, when footage of her saying she “hates America” surfaced.
TMZ obtained footage of the pop star at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, Calif. with her boyfriend over the weekend, which show both of them licking donuts on the counter and laughing when the employee wasn’t looking… followed by some America hate comments because apparently, she was sheltered from donuts her entire life.
“What the f*ck is that? I hate Americans. I hate America. That’s disgusting,” Grande said when a tray of donuts is placed in front of her.
Following backlash after the video went viral, Grande took to Twitter to apologize, claiming her comments were “taken out of context”, although they are hard to misinterpret.
“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country,” she wrote. “What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”
She goes on to explain that her outburst was a commentary on Americans’ consumption of unhealthy food. “As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole,” she said. “The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate 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.”