Wouldn’t you rather restrain yourself and keep your name untainted with unnecessary controversy?
On Friday, during Aretha Franklin’s funeral service, something truly reprehensible happened. The officiating minister, Bishop Charles Ellis III, touched Ariana Grande inappropriately on stage after she performed Aretha Franklin’s 1968 hit – “A Natural Woman”.
After her performance, Bishop Ellis pulled the beaming Ariana Grande towards the pulpit to apologize for thinking that her name was “a new something at Taco Bell” when he saw it on the program. He then went on to say “girl, let me give you all your respect” after which he gave her a hug and called her an icon. Meanwhile, while making all of the comments, he had one arm around her and, perhaps unknowingly, clutched the side of her breast. Grande pulled back in a bid to escape the awkward position that she was now in, and repeatedly look startled as the affair went on, but the visibly unaware Bishop was having none of that. He pulled her closer.
The unfortunate event generated a barrage of emotionally charged reactions on social media, especially on Twitter. People took to comments, using the hashtag #RespectAriana to express their disaffection at the event. The bishop has since apologized to Grande, her fans, family and the Hispanic community about his conduct and the taco bell joke. In an exclusive video with the Associated Press, he expressed his contriteness at the situation, saying “I would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast.” He went further, “If someone took it the wrong way, or was offended by it, the easiest thing for me to do, as a Christian – as a man of God, is to apologize. And I sincerely apologize to Ariana if I have offended her I any kind of way.” He also expressed his regret for being a distraction on a day that was meant solely for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
A Bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral, Charles H. Ellis III, has come under fire for groping singer Ariana Grande shortly after her performance. .. Ellis had invited Grande to the podium, and made sexually awkward jokes. He also appeared to severally grope the singer’s breast. .. Ellis apologised for his actions after public outrage. .. “It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast,” he told The Associated Press at the cemetery where Franklin was interred late Friday. .. “I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize. .. “I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community. When you’re doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there,” he said. .. Via @newsroomdaily