Ariana Grande Says “I Hate Americans. I Hate America.” After Appearing to Lick On-Display Doughnuts

Ariana Grande likes the taste of doughnuts, but she “hates” America and Americans.

In security footage obtained by TMZ, the pop singer was in a doughnut shop and appeared to lick unpurchased doughnuts on a display rack twice while the shop’s employee wasn’t looking.

Grande was accompanied by three friends, and the footage shows her kissing one of the two men, who also appeared to lick one of the doughnuts. Grande laughed out loud after he seemingly licked a doughnut and walked away.

When the shop employee returned with a new tray of doughnuts, Grande asked, “What the f— is that?”

“I hate Americans,” she continued. “I hate America.”

On July 8, the singer issued an apology for her “poor choice of words” in a statement, saying that she is “extremely proud to be an American” and was simply “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.”

At the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver. Summer of 2018.

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a nonprofit organization that operates an annual 15-day summer fair, a seasonal amusement park, and indoor arenas in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The PNE fair is held at Hastings Park, beginning in mid-to-late August and ending in early September, usually Labour Day.

The organization was established in 1907 as the Vancouver Exhibition Association, and organized its first fair at Hastings Park in 1910. The organization was renamed to the Pacific National Exhibition in 1946. During the mid-20th century, a number of facilities were built on the PNE grounds, including Pacific Coliseum and the PNE Agrodome. In 1993, the amusement park adjacent to the PNE, Playland, became a division of the PNE.

The Vancouver Exhibition Association (VEA), the predecessor to the Pacific National Exhibition organization was first formed in 1907; although the association was not incorporated until 18 June 1908. The VEA had petitioned Vancouver City Council to host a fair at Hastings Park; although faced early opposition from the city council and the local jockey club that used the park for horse races. However, the city council eventually conceded to the VEA’s request and granted the association a 5-year lease to host a fair at Hastings Park in 1909.

The VEA held its first fair at Hastings Park in August 1910. It was opened by then Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier as the Vancouver Exhibition. The biggest attractions of the two-week fair are its numerous shops, stalls, performances, a nightly fireworks show, and the exhibition’s Prize Home. From its beginnings, the exhibition was used as a showcase for the region’s agriculture and economy.

In the initial years of the Second World War, the fairgrounds saw an increased military presence. However, the exhibition itself was not cancelled until 1942, after the Canadian declaration of war against Japan was issued. From 1942 to 1946 the exhibition and fair was closed, and like the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, served as a military training facility for the duration of World War II. During this time, the exhibition barns that were used to house livestock, were used as processing centres for interned Japanese Canadians from all over British Columbia. The interned Japanese Canadians were later shipped away to other internment camps throughout British Columbia, and Alberta. The Momiji (Japanese word for Maple) Gardens on the PNE’s grounds serves as a memorial for the event. The barns used for the internment of Japanese Canadians are still used to house livestock during the annual fair, and serve as storage area to house some of the PNE’s property the rest of the year.

On 7 February 1946, the Vancouver Exhibition Association changed its name to its current moniker, the Pacific National Exhibition; and later reopened the fair to the public under that name in 1947. The organization was formally reincorporated as the Pacific National Exhibition in 1955.

The highest attendance at the fair was recorded in 1986, with 1.1 million guests visiting the PNE, most likely due to Expo 86 that was occurring at the time. In 1993, the amusement park adjacent to the PNE, Playland, became a division of the PNE organization.

During 1997-1998, the PNE grounds was transformed with the demolition of a number of buildings including the Food Building, Showmart and the Poultry Building. This gave way to the Sanctuary, a parkland setting with a pond. The pond restored part of a stream that once flowed in the park out to the Burrard Inlet. The city restored a large portion of the park. Many old fair buildings have been demolished and replaced by a more natural character. Although land was purchased in Surrey that was to become the fair’s new home, the PNE has since transferred ownership from the province to the City of Vancouver and will remain at Hastings Park. The PNE is a registered charity.

Two attractions at the PNE were named as heritage sites by the City of Vancouver in August 2013. The Pacific Coliseum and the Wooden Roller Coaster were added to the list.

In 2020, the fair went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside other agricultural and county fairs across Canada, including the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian National Exhibition, and K-Days.

In the early hours of February 20, 2022, a major fire broke out on PNE grounds, where multiple vehicles, tools and equipment, and buildings were destroyed as a result.

The PNE grounds contains several buildings and exhibition halls. The PNE Forum is a 4,200 square metres (45,000 sq ft) exhibition facility that is used for large displays and trade shows. Rollerland is a 1,840 square metres (19,800 sq ft) exhibition, banquet hall and venue for the Terminal City Roller Derby.

Two buildings on the PNE grounds are indoor arenas. The Pacific Coliseum is multi-purpose arena that holds 15,713 permanent seats, with provisions for 2,000 temporary seats for concerts and certain sports. The PNE Agrodome is a smaller indoor arena with 3,000 permanent seats, with provisions to expand up to 5,000 seats. Entertainment facilities includes the Garden Auditorium, a building that features a built-in stage and dance hall. The PNE grounds also feature amphitheatre with bench-style seating for 4,500 visitors.

Other buildings on the PNE grounds includes the Livestock Barns, a large multi-use facility, and the organization’s administrative offices.

Book Review by Anthony Campbell: The Scars of Evolution (Elaine Morgan)

The suggestion that our remote ancestors went through a semi-aquatic phase was first made as long ago as 1942, by a German scholar called Max Westenhöfer, but it did not attract any attention outside Germany. Alister Hardy, a young marine biologist, had thought of the same idea independently even earlier, in about 1930, although he did not make it public until 1960. Elaine Morganthen took it up and popularised it, with a feminist slant, in a series of books.

In The Scars of Evolution Morgan reviews the “orthodox” view of human evolution—that it took place on the savannah—and points out a number of difficulties with it, some of which she regards as fatal. The aquatic ape hypothesis, she claims, resolves most or all of these difficulties in a more satisfactory manner.

It is hardly surprising that, as an amateur without scientific credentials in this or any field, Morgan has encountered strong opposition from supporters of the conventional view. In her criticism of the savannah hypothesis of human origins she considers human hairlessness, fat amounts and distribution, bipedalism, the voluntary control of breathing (needed for speech), childbirth, and mating behaviour. All these, she believes, would be unsuitable for life on the savannah but would be much more suitable for an aquatic environment.

It is undoubtedly true that in these and other respects there are surprisingly large differences between ourselves and our nearest relatives, the chimpanzees and bonobos. It is also true that there are similarities between us and aquatic or semi-aquatic mammals such as hippopotamuses, seals, whales, beavers and others. These facts, Morgan claims, support her view that we went through an aquatic phase.

But critics have pointed out that the aquatic ape hypothesis has difficulties of its own. No aquatic mammals are truly bipedal. Many non-aquatic mammals do have at least some voluntary control of breathing. A more serious objection, I think, is that the presumed aquatic phase of the human ancestors would have been much shorter than that of other aquatic mammals yet it is supposed to have brought about very considerable modifications in anatomy and physiology. Would there have been time for these to occur?

There is certainly something attractive in the notion of an aquatic ape, and Morgan has done a good job here of presenting it in a popular form. Although she is a partisan of the theory she discusses the evidence fairly objectively. But I wish she had not repeated the old canard about us using only a small fraction of our brain potential (p.169).

I don’t think that the theory as presented here is really very plausible, but in a modified form it may have some validity. It has been suggested that Australopithecus robustus may have been a shellfish eater and that this may explain the powerful jaws that the species possessed. And it is likely that modern humans were beachcombers during part of the time that they were spreading round the world (see Out of Eden, by Stephen Oppenheimer). But all this is a long way away from the theory advanced by Morgan.