We all know Ariana Grande. The powerhouse vocalist gave a stirring performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, the Carole King song that Aretha Franklin made famous, at the late singer’s funeral. However, it’s remarks made by Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who presided over the funeral services, that are grabbing everyone’s attention. After Grande’s performance, Ellis called her over to the podium.
It was then that he stated…
“I’ve got to apologize because I have to brush up. My 28-year-old daughter told me, ‘You are old at 60.'”
“What did you do? What happened?”
To which Ellis said…
“When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell.”
A video of the awkward but funny interchange can be seen below…
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) August 31, 2018
Grande took it all in stride, playing off the moment by laughing, then saying…
“I love you, Aretha.”
…as she exited the stage.
People were shook…
— Bossip (@Bossip) August 31, 2018
me still feeling some type of way about the Ariana Grande Taco Bell joke and the commentary on her attire… pic.twitter.com/Se1QsGUphh
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) August 31, 2018
— Adam Graham (@grahamorama) August 31, 2018
— Sunset Boulevardez (@Kissesfromdes) August 31, 2018
Others were a little weirded out by the Bishop…
what the hell was that comment? and his hands need to go
— Zamzaddie (@Zamzaddie) August 31, 2018
He said what? Inappropriate comment and inappropriate touching.
— Mitchie (@wittywriter) August 31, 2018
Bruh I noticed the hand too. I was like yo he hugging too tight lol
— Pat G. (@Iampat_g) August 31, 2018
And noted her clear body language…
Her lean away is on FULL tilt!! Sir, let this woman out from your clutches!!
— Rosalin (@IamRosalin) August 31, 2018
She actually did pull away. pic.twitter.com/JlkBJFDUfe
— Love/Rage (@zayn_107) August 31, 2018
You hit it right on the money! Tilt of discomfort, she most definately looked uncomfortable.
— Jennifer F (@MARLEYandMOM) August 31, 2018
Not funny at all. His cop-a-feel behavior is inappropriate. She is clearly uncomfortable and for good reason.
— The Divine Ms L (@lorieshelley) August 31, 2018
Instead of putting the focus on the awkward comments a man made about the singer, let’s instead focus on this incredible performance…