Supposedly vegan singer Ariana Grande is under fire for promoting a new non-vegan Starbucks drink.
Starbucks unveiled its newest beverage, the Cloud Macchiato, which can be ordered hot or cold and contains espresso, dairy-based foam with egg powder, and caramel drizzle made with dairy cream and butter.
Grande, who was known to be vegan for the animals for a long time, became a Starbucks ambassador and promoted the new non-vegan beverage on social media by posting photos of herself with the cold version of the beverage.
Starbucks confirmed that the new beverage cannot be made vegan even if the dairy milk was with plant-based milk as the other main ingredients in the beverage are animal-derived.
Vegan fans on Twitter criticized the singer for promoting and drinking the nonvegan beverage despite years of speaking up for the animals and claiming to be vegan.
“Even a soy version has eggs in it though. The cloud powder is egg whites. Just not sure why you would be an ambassador for this particular drink if you’re vegan. Would have been nice to see you use your influence for a plant based food option or a drink that can be made vegan,” said one Twitter user.
“‘Try the soy version,’ but the cloud has egg in it sis,” another Twitter user pointed out.
“Why [do] you say that you are a vegan and love animals and then you have eggs in the drink you have in Starbucks? I thought this campaign would be great to spread veganism and compassion to animals, as well. So disappointing,” said another.
Another Twitter user added: “Ariana Grande is the so-called ‘fully vegan’ that’s why we’re disappointed, because she could have gotten another vegan option into Starbucks. If it were me I would’ve said this would be drink will be vegan or I will not be supporting this, because that’s what vegans do.”
Vegan fans have been speculating that Grande stopped being vegan a long time ago or has always been just on a plant-based diet instead of being vegan, meaning she does not eat animals but still uses animal-derived products.
In 2015, the singer was caught licking nonvegan donuts in a shop in Los Angeles.
Throughout the years, she has also been caught wearing animal-derived clothing such as fur.