Unless you have teenagers the odds are you don't even know who Ariana Grande is. But she has millions of fans and followers, and I posted about her openly gay brother, Frankie Grande, here on the blog last summer when he was a house guest on Big Brother.
In short, Ariana Grande went to a small doughnut shop in California with some guy, they licked the doughnuts, spit on them, and put them back on the tray. Then they walked out without buying the doughnuts they licked. On top of that, Ariana made comments about how she hates America. It was all captured on surveillance video.
The shop's video also captured comments Grande made when an employee brought out a tray of oversized doughnuts. The Florida native can be heard saying, "What the f**k is that? I hate Americans. I hate America."
Now Grande is backtracking with what she claims is an apology. But there's no apology to the small business owners she violated with her rude actions, comments, and opinions.
This is rich:
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. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better."
I think someone needs to explain the definition of apology to Grande. It goes like this: "I'm very sorry. I acted like a spoiled douche, I insulted good people trying to run a business, and I don't really hate America because that's the country that made me rich and famous. I owe everything I have to America because it wouldn't have happened for me in any other country. I'm working very hard on pulling my head out of my ass. It's just so far up there it's not going to be simple."
You can read the rest here. Most of all, I think the last thing we need is Ariana Grande telling us what we should be eating. I personally haven't had a doughnut in years. I haven't had ice cream or cake or cupcakes. In fact, I haven't had carbs in a few months because I do watch what I eat, however, that's my choice and if someone wants to eat a doughnut I applaud them.
I have a feeling Ariana, like Hanoi Jane, will wind up being associated with this incident for long time. Oh, and there's a twitter hashtag that says #weforgiveariana, but some of the comments there are as clueless as what started this whole incident.
Marco Rubio On Gay Marriage
With all the Republican hopefuls running for President, I almost feel a little sorry for this guy. Even when you think he's about to say something with substance, he knee-jerks, spins a circle, and his foot is back in his mouth. When you think about him going up against a brilliant woman like Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary, it's almost impossible to imagine.
In any event, Rubio is not supporting an amended constitution so states can continue to discriminate and ban same sex marriages. However, there's this:
‘We can continue to disagree with it,’ he said. ‘Perhaps a future court will change that decision, in much the same way as it’s changed other decisions in the past. But my opinion is unchanged, that marriage should continue to be defined as one man and one woman. The decision is what it is, and that’s what we’ll live under.
‘I disagree with the decision on constitutional grounds,’ he added. ‘Irrespective of how one may feel about the definition of marriage, we’re still all Americans.’
There's more here. Evidently, he's been ignoring the public polls taken that seem to suggest as each day passes more and more people in the US support same sex marriage.
Catholic Priest and Men's Bathrooms
You know how I posted about the closeted gay Catholic priests I've known, yesterday, and in previous posts? Well this article talks about an openly anti-gay Catholic priest who is involved in a sticky situation that involves a hidden camera in a men's room...next to the alter.
A Catholic priest is revealed to have been caught in a lie after a spy camera was found hidden in the men’s bathroom at his church.
Police are currently investigating.
It was found in April by a 15-year-old boy who noticed an electrical outlet in an odd place – at waist height next to the toilet in a bathroom near the church altar.
When he pulled at a wire, he found a camera and then immediately brought to Bien. The boy said his priest assured him and his parents that police would be called immediately.
There you go, Marco Rubio. There's more here.
Patti Lupone Goes Berserk Over Texting
This is obviously not something I would ever do...text during a performance. Not even if the performance sucked and I had to bite my lip until the fresh hells were over.
Evidently, not everyone is as accommodating as I am, and Patti Lupone isn't happy with that. When she caught an audience member texting during her performance, this is what happened.
An audience member who was texting had her phone snatched from her hand by the two-time Tony Award winning who did not break character during the incident.
Following the show, LuPone issued a statement lamenting the rise of phone use during performances. Last week, during a performance of Hand to God at the Booth Theatre, an audience member tried to plug his phone into a fake power point on the set.
‘We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones. They cannot put them down,’ LuPone complained.
‘When a phone goes off or when a LED screen can be seen in the dark it ruins the experience for everyone else – the majority of the audience at that performance and the actors on stage.’
Blah, blah, blah...
I apologize if I sound a little jaded here, and I do think you should put your phone away in public places like theaters, but I have no patience for whiners. We're all dealing with things we don't like. Authors deal with all kinds of new issues nowadays and the majority of us don't complain about them. All of us, in every profession, have to deal with a new set of impossible issues and I don't think that's reason enough to complain and whine about it. You suck it up and move forward like a professional.
As I said, I wouldn't use my phone during a performance, however, we don't know why the person was texting. Maybe it was a medical family emergency. I think that if Lupone continues to do this she's going to grab the phone out of the wrong woman's hand and wind up losing a few teeth. She crossed a line there with physical contact. And, our phones cost a lot more these days than a ticket to see Lupone yank a phone out of someone's hand.
A PG rated Mainstream Romance