US Soldier & Former Miss Kansas Takes on Pop Star's 'I Hate America' Remark
Pop star Ariana Grande is apologizing after she was caught on camera saying she "hates America" and Americans.
Grande was at a California doughnut shop when she made the comments, which were reported by TMZ.
"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my county (sic)," Grande told FOX411 in a statement. "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."
Grande said she is frustrated by childhood obesity rates in the United States and upset at "how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences."
Grande and a 22-year-old man were also shown on camera licking some of the doughnuts displayed on the counter. The county health department is looking into their actions.
An employee at the shop told the Associated Press that Grande acted "really rude" during the visit.
On "Fox and Friends" this morning, U.S. soldier and 2014 Miss America contestant Theresa Vail weighed in on Grande's anti-America remarks.
A recent Gallup poll showed just 43% of 18-29 year olds saying they were "extremely proud to be an American."
Vail, who hosts "Limitless with Theresa Vail" on Outdoor Channel, said she believes these sentiments among young people are influenced by President Obama.
"For the past six or seven years - that's a good chunk of a millennial's adult lifetime - we've had a president who doesn't believe in American exceptionalism. He doesn't speak up for American values or the foundation that this country was built on," said Vail.
She added that it's not surprising to see the younger generation becoming less patriotic.