Ariana Grande gave her first televised interview since this summer’s doughnut-licking scandal on Tuesday when she sat down with Good Morning America to plug her new perfume.
But the interview couldn’t have gone as she’d hoped; before she could get down to selling some perfume, she was forced to issue an awkward mea culpa about how she had learned big things from the experience, including “what it feels like to disappoint so many people who love and believe in you.”
(She also avoided, again, making any kind of specific apology for licking the doughnuts.)
We’ve already seen that the public’s opinion of Grande is in the toilet; but left-leaning media has been particularly relentless since her GMA appearance on Tuesday.
Jezebel mocked Grande for her long-winded explanation of the things she’d supposedly learned from the incident: “Who knew that licking doughnuts led to such self-discovery?” the outlet’s Stassa Edwards writes.
Fellow Gawker Media blog Defamer was just as brutal, leading with the headline: “Ariana Grande Says Good Morning to America, Which She Hates.”
“It is especially important to think about saying you’re sorry before you introduce defense exhibit A, a fragrance called ‘Ari by Ariana Grande,’ to your remaining fans who haven’t just f***ing died already despite your fervent wish that they would,” the outlets’ Jay Hathaway writes. “It’s even more important to say those things when summer has come and gone and you still can’t drop your album until this whole donut thing blows over, so you’re forced to test the waters with a marshmallow-scented eau de toilette.”
Grande followed up her GMA appearance with a spot on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show Tuesday night, in which she played a game where she copied the vocal styles of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera while singing children’s songs like “The Wheels on the Bus.” And despite actually nailing each of the singer’s styles, Gawker still wouldn’t give her a pass.
The pop star’s morning GMA appearance was a strategic move; later on Fallon’s show, Grande announced the new single from her forthcoming album, “Focus,” would be released on October 30.