Frankie Grande Speaks Out About Doughnutgate

Who knew doughnuts could cause so much trouble? In the wake of so-called "Doughnutgate," Ariana Grande has gone from famous pop star to infamous doughnut-licker in the past two weeks. Her older half-brother Frankie Grande told Us Weekly that he's proud of Ariana for the sincere apology she issued earlier this week after a previous Twitter apology that got much flack. In his words: "I am proud of her apology, and that she has done it. I just hope that we can all move forward from here." And he's so right — let's move on from this doughnut mishap, shall we?

Frankie has stood by his li'l sis since Doughnutgate took over our lives more than a week ago. "U made a mistake & r being JUDGED very HARSHLY for it but ur doing the right thing in the face of it & I'm so proud," he said in a retweet of Ariana's latest apology on Friday. In another tweet, he wrote, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. #WeForgiveYouAriana."

Let's rewind: During the July 4 holiday, security cameras spotted Ariana, her ponytail, her backup dancer beau Ricky Alvarez, and her friends licking doughnuts and uttering controversial words at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California (around 80 miles outside of Los Angeles). TMZ posted the footage of Ariana licking and spitting on doughnuts, then saying, "I hate Americans. I hate America." The fallout has not been kind to the 22-year-old pop star — Ariana has come under fire for being unpatriotic during this country's most patriotic holiday and now the doughnut-licking itself is under investigation by the police and the Department of Environmental Health in Riverside County. Yikes.

I'd like to take this moment to remind everyone that all of this is about doughnuts. DOUGHNUTS. I personally think they're delicious, amazing, and the best snack ever, but let's stop talking about Ariana putting her tongue on them. The lesson here is licking them is very wrong, but buying them first and eating them is so very right. Now that we're clear on that, isn't it time to move forward and start talking about something else? Lots of folks are putting their hat into the ring for the 2016 Presidential Election, Greece (the country) is totally broke, and Grease (the movie) just cast dreamy musical theater darling Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko. Important stuff, all of it.

Let's go back to just buying, eating, and enjoying doughnuts for the rest of the summer, rather than focusing on Ariana's mishap, okay?

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