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Ariana Grande Is Really Sorry, But Not for Licking Those Donuts

"I was so disgusted with myself." Us too, Ariana. Us too.

Ariana Grande Is Really Sorry, But Not for Licking Those Donuts
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This is the hilarious celebrity "scandal" that just won't die.

After TMZ posted a video of 22-year-old pop star Ariana Grande bizarrely licking donuts she hadn't purchased and saying she hates America, fans were up in arms about Donut Gate or Grande Gate or whatever the heck we're calling it.

The star issued an apology to Buzzfeed on Wednesday saying that she doesn't really hate America, just just hates how America eats.

"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my county*. 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. 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. The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me."

Not included in this apology, however, was a mea culpa for licking someone else's donuts, which is obviously the more egregious offense here.

Ariana Grande Is Really Sorry, But Not for Licking Those Donuts
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I mean, did the store employee have to throw all those donuts away? What if he/she missed one and someone inadvertently ate a pre-licked donut? And what if the lost donuts came out of the poor employees wages? If you've ever worked in food service, you know that some diva licking your merchandise is the LAST thing you need.

Many people were unhappy with Grande's apology, including Rob Lowe, who called it "#Lame." And we all know that what Rob Lowe says goes.

Ariana Grande Is Really Sorry, But Not for Licking Those Donuts
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Spurred on by the Rob Lowes of the world, Grande took to YouTube on Thursday night to issue another apology, this time on video. She starts off by saying she's in "wisdom tooth recovery hell," so you know, feel bad for her please.

Then she goes on to say: "I feel like the apology that I posted, I kind of missed my opportunity to actually sincerely apologize and express how I was feeling because I was too busy preaching about my issues with the food industry, which is … not, I feel like, relative. I feel like I could have expressed myself in a different way so here I am apologizing again. I was trying to get you to understand where I was coming from when I said what I said, but that's not important – I'd rather just apologize."

"All the advances we’ve made in the last couple of months, all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on — I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually," Grande added.  

And later in the video: "I feel like seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly that you have no idea was taken is such a rude awakening... I was so disgusted with myself. I like shoved my face in a pillow and wanted to disappear, but instead I'm going to come forward and own up to what I did and take responsibility."

The video is four minutes long, but you know what she doesn't find time to apologize for in it? Licking the freaking donuts! And now the donut shop where she did her licking is apparently being investigated for food tampering by the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health.

Girlfriend, artsy black and white apologies are fine, but why don't you do something actually nice and help the donut shop out? Donate some money or find a charity that gives day-old (un-licked) food to the homeless. The only real way to counter your diva rep is to, well, stop acting like a diva. No matter how many apologies you issue, your actions are always going to speak louder than your words.

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