- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015

Actor Rob Lowe isn’t impressed with pop singer Ariana Grande’s apology for saying she hates America.

After video went viral of Ms. Grande saying, “I hate Americans. I hate America,” the singer said she was merely upset “by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences,” Billboard reported Wednesday.

The singer and her boyfriend licked a California doughnut shop’s goods during the incident.

“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American, and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country,” Ms. Grande said in a prepared statement. “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.”

Mr. Lowe then used his Twitter account on Wednesday to mock the apology.

“As my grandpa would say: “Yeah, sure. Pull the other leg, it plays jingle bells!” #Lame,” he tweeted. “Cannot wait for the new Arianna Grande/Dixie Chicks jam to drop! #IActuallyLoveAmerica.”

The chart-topping singer was scheduled to perform at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, but she has been replaced by Demi Lovato. Ms. Grande said the cancellation was not due to her recent comments but because of oral surgery.

Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California, where the incident took place, is now under investigation by the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health. Local authorities say the business may have violated food safety codes by leaving doughnuts where someone like Ms. Grande could cause contamination.

“According to California Retail Food Code, all food must be protected from any type of customer contamination,” said spokeswoman Dottie Merki, a local paper reported Wednesday. “Any time food items are displayed without protection, customers can sneeze on, cough on or lick them.”

Joe Marin, owner of Wolfee Donuts, originally brought surveillance video of the singer to local police under the assumption she would be investigated for criminal charges.

“What she did was wrong,” Mr. Martin told the local newspaper.

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