Royce Top 40s Drop Ariana Grande After Anti-America Comments; She Apologizes
July 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM (PT)
The fallout from ARIANA GRANDE's JULY 4th comments about hating AMERICA continue, as ROYCE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING Top 40s KFRH (104.3 NOW-FM)/LAS VEGAS, KRCK/PALM SPRINGS and KREV/SAN FRANCISCO, have elected to retire ARIANA GRANDE from promotions and airplay.
“Now is the time for Americans to rally around the grandeur of this magnificent country and its remarkable citizens, and to work together to restore that shining city upon a hill," ROYCE Pres. EDWARD STOLZ said. "Our stations choose not to wallow in intolerance and destructiveness, for which Ms. GRANDE has an apparent appetite. Instead, this independent broadcaster tirelessly strives to foster understanding and mutual respect for all, with a focus upon American initiative and furtherance of the American Spirit”.
If that's not enough, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY reports that local police and RIVERSIDE COUNTY are reported to investigating the video of GRANDE and her friend licking and spitting on doughnuts in the LAKE ELSINORE, CA shop.
CBS NEWS has posted GRANDE's only public comment (so far) on the incident:
"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my county. 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. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get 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. The fact that the UNITED STATES has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. 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."