Earlier this week, Ariana Grande and Starbucks starting tweeting at each other, which had the world wondering what was going on between the two. The answer came the next day, when it was revealed that Grande had teamed up with Starbucks to introduce a new drink: the Cloud Macchiato. Descriptions of the drink make it sound pretty tasty, but now Grande is facing some criticism since the beverage isn’t vegan, even though she herself is vegan.
On November 5, 2013, Grande tweeted that that day was her first one “as a 100% vegan,” and about a year later, she said in an interview, “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know – veggies, fruit and salad – then when I get home I’ll have something else.”
Somebody asked Starbucks on Instagram if a vegan version of the drink can be ordered, and the company responded, “Sorry, no. The cloud powder cold foam contains egg and milk and the sauce contains dairy.”
Since that news came to light, Twitter has been filled with reactions from people who are unsure if Grande is still vegan and/or upset at her perceived hypocrisy:
However, somebody posted a screenshot of their chat with Starbucks customer service, and when they asked if non-vegan ingredients could be replaced with alternatives, a representative responded, “The recipe of our new Cloud Macchiato can be modified if you request it to our store partners.”
Grande has yet to respond to the criticisms. Instead, she’s been tweeting about International Women’s Day this morning, writing in a pair of tweets, “just a reminder u aren’t celebrating women today or ever unless u including all kindsa women but wbk. it ain’t feminism if it ain’t intersectional.”