After social media erupted in anger, an American pastor has apologised for allegedly groping singer Ariana Grande at a funeral service of Aretha Franklin.
Soon after the funeral service was over, videos of Bishop Charles H. Ellis III touching Ariana’s breasts went viral with users posting slow motion videos to highlight the gross nature of the bishop’s act.
One user wrote, “Ariana Grande was visibly harassed during the speech of Bishop Charles H. Ellis III at the funeral of Aretha Franklin today. This is just one more proof that we live in a society composed of disrespectful men, we demand respect.” Another commented, “The way Ariana Grande was treated today on live tv was disgusting. Bill Clinton and the Bishop treated her like a piece of meat. I’m at a loss for words. She came there to perform! This is outrageous. THIS TREATMENT OF WOMEN MUST STOP. ”
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Responding to allegations, the pastor in question issued a statement, profusely apologising for his act. He said, “It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … 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.”
25-year-old pop star Ariana, who had performed at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, had come under sharp attack for wearing an inappropriate dress. But soon the criticism for Ariana turned into a global condemnation for the pastor.
The pastor, in his statement, also said he was sorry for cracking a joke on Ariana’s name. He said, “When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,” he said, referring to a popular Mexican fast-food chain.
One YouTube took to video blog to argue if the pastor may have accidentally touched her breasts.