Pop sensation Ariana Grande scrubbed her much-hyped concert at baseball’s All-Star Game and apologized Wednesday after a tape of her saying, “I hate America” at a doughnut shop went viral.
But the mea culpa wasn’t sweet enough for the shop owner, who says she should face charges for licking a couple of fresh-baked treats.
Grande and her new love, backup dancer Ricky Alvarez, were inside Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Saturday when a sneering Grande made some unpatriotic comments as she caught sight of a tray of large glazed doughnuts.
“What the f— is that?” she says in the surveillance video, which was first posted by TMZ. “I hate Americans. I hate America. That’s disgusting!”
The video also showed the former Nickelodeon star kissing Alvarez and the duo appearing to lick and spit on doughnuts while a clerk wasn’t looking.
Police in Lake Elsinore said they and Riverside County public health officials were investigating the video. Health officers also want to know why the doughnuts were on the counter.
Shop owner Joe Marin, who became aware of Grande’s stunt after seeing the tape, said he hoped criminal charges would be brought against the singer.
“What she did was wrong,” Marin told The Press Enterprise.
After the video went viral, the 22-year-old Grande canceled her upcoming appearance at Saturday’s concert in Cincinnati, blaming her bailout on “emergency oral surgery” to remove three wisdom teeth on Monday.
In an apology Wednesday, Grande said her ugly comments were spurned by her concerns about child obesity.
“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American, and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country,” she said Wednesday. “What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the doughnuts, was taken out of context, and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”
“As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and 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 one of 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,” she added.
Among those not buying the pop singer’s apology was actor Rob Lowe, who took a shot at Grande on Twitter Wednesday.
“As my grandpa would say: ‘Yeah, sure. Pull the other leg, it plays jingle bells!'” Lowe wrote along with a link to a story about Grande.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 8, 2015
Demi Lovato will replace Grande at the All-Star show.