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Thanks to Donuts, Ariana Grande Wasn’t Allowed to Perform at The White House

The world may have forgotten about #DonutGate, but the White House is still holding it against Ariana Grande. In a series of leaked emails, it was made very, very clear that the singer was not welcome at the White House to perform at last year’s Democratic National Convention. Sure, we cringed when we saw that video of Ariana licking—then putting back—donuts, the magnitude of that mistake wasn’t made clear until now. 

The singer is probably kicking herself for her mistake. Last September, DNC Finance Chair Zachary Allen sent an email asking for Ariana to be vetted for a gala performance for the president, and boy were his staffers thorough. 

“Video caught her licking other peoples’ donuts while saying she hates America,” an email response read. Apparently, a Republican congressman also took issue with her because “liberals were not upset with her like they are with Trump who criticized Mexicans,” even after she “cursed out a person on Twitter after that person used an offensive word towards her brother.” 

There’s more where that came from—Gawker published the full email, which includes her date of birth, employment information, and a clean-as-a-whistle record… aside from that donut incident, of course. The lesson to be learned here? Don’t take food that isn’t yours. Sadly, Ariana just had to learn that the hard way.

Alice is the Senior Associate Editor at Her Campus. She graduated from Emory University in 2012 as an English major and a Dance minor. Before joining Her Campus, she was an associate editor at Lucky Magazine. She is currently located in Salt Lake City, UT, where she spends her free time rescuing orphaned kittens, whose lives are documented on Instagram at @thekittensquad! You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @alicefchen.
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