Following the Ariana Grande doughnut scandal, a YouTube star, Meghan Tonjes decided to take a stand against her harsh words with a video titled “Hate the Doughnut, Not the Fatty”.
Last week a video of Grande licking a doughnut at a bakery went viral. But the biggest controversy was not about her licking the doughnut, rather her saying she hates America. In the pop stars apology video she corrected herself by saying she loves America and just hates childhood obesity.
In Tonjes’s video, Tonjes argues that Grande’s apology “takes focus off the fact that she licked some doughnuts in a store and that’s f–king gross and threw fat people up as the reason everything is awful.”
She brings up that Grande was actually fat-shaming in her attempted apology.
“If I were 120 pounds eating pizza in my underwear, I’d be ‘quirky’ and ‘cute’ and ‘real.’ But if I’m 300 pounds and eating pizza in my underwear, people are like, ‘You’re killing yourself, you’re disgusting, you’re everything that’s wrong with America.’,” says Tonje.
But she still sides with Grande for some points that she made about the food industry.
Tanje brings up in her video:
“I’m not saying that [Ariana] doesn’t have a great point about the food industry or the quality of food that we have…but if you want to sit here and believe that it’s the fat people in America who are doing this, it’s not.”
In talking with E! News, Tanje speaks more about the issue saying,
“The conversation about the food industry is important, but it’s more nuanced than ‘fat people are bad.’ It’s easy to point at a fat person and assign their health, lifestyle and ultimately their worth. But it removes personal responsibility and it takes away energy from dealing with actual issues in the food industry. Food deserts, nutrition in schools, access to physical and emotional health across lines of race, sexuality and class.”
But, Tanje gives Grande a break, as many people make mistakes and unfortunately Grande got caught in the wrong moment and had to quickly come up with a reason for why she did it.
“I honestly felt like Ariana felt backed into a corner with her own actions and in trying to explain why she said what she said, she missed an opportunity to deal with what she did. Now, I’ve also seen the video she uploaded where she recognizes that her point about the food industry, while valid, wasn’t said at the right time. I think she’s young and she said what she said in an offhand moment. She probably saw them push out a tray of donuts and felt frustrated by something she saw as gluttonous and over the top,” explains Tanje.
In Tanje’s video, she brought up the true reasoning behind Ariana’s child obesity problem and hopefully more are aware about how what they say can really affect someone’s feelings.
Catch more videos of Tonjes on her YouTube channel where you can catch her singing a couple covers and discuss more controversial topics.