Ariana Grande’s White House performance was vetoed over donut-licking controversy

Grande said watching the video of her infamous 'donut-licking' incident was a rude awakening

Ariana Grande was apparently denied the opportunity to perform for President Obama at the White House in the wake of last year’s “donut-licking” controversy.

Leaked emails sent internally by members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) feature an exchange in which DNC Finance Chair Zachary Allen asks colleagues, “Can we also vet Arianna Grande (sic)?”

A colleague called Kevin then replies: “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 Twitter “cursing” refers to an exchange between Grande and a follower who had called her half-brother Frankie “that homo”. As part of her reply, Grande told the follower: “‘That homo’ gets more a** than you’ll ever get in your life.”

Grande and her boyfriend were caught on camera last September licking several items for sale at the Wolfee Donuts store in Lake Elsinore, California. She later failed to make any purchases. The footage also showed Grande saying, “I hate Americans. I hate America,” in alleged disgust at the quantities of food on display.

“Seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly that you had no idea was taken is such a rude awakening,” she later said in an apology.

“It’s like you don’t know what to do; I was so disgusted with myself, I wanted to shove my face in a pillow and just disappear. But instead of that I’m going to come forward and own up to what I did and take responsibility and say I’m sorry… Seeing how ugly it looks when you behave a certain way makes you want to never behave that way again. You learn from it… I never want to be anything less than a positive influence.”