Talk Of The Town - Bishop Gets Frisky With Ariana Grande
Bishop Charles Ellis got a little too close to Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday
Ariana Grande is arguably one of the best voices of the current generation, so it’s only fitting that she would sing for Aretha Franklin’s funeral. Franklin died on August 16th from pancreatic cancer and was known as the Queen of Soul Music.
Grande was one of the many artists to sing tribute to Franklin - alongside of Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, and others. Grande sang “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” beautifully as always, but it’s what happened next that’s got everyone talking.
Bishop Charles Ellis brought Grande to the pulpit (as he did with all other artists) to thank her for singing and put his arm around her in a way that Grande didn’t seem entirely comfortable with.
The Bishop has since said he hugs “all the female artist and the male artists, everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love. The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”
Well, unfortunately, he was a distraction to the day. Not only are people talking about his hug with the singer, but also his reference to her name sounding like something “new at Taco Bell.” While some found the joke humorous, others thought it was distasteful.
Grande has received many positive tweets and comments online, but she also has been met with some controversy over her dress. Fellow singer, Smokey Robinson referred to Grande’s little black dress as “inappropriate” and said she should have known better. Others have pointed out that criticizing her dress choice is misogynistic.
Misogyny looks like criticizing Ariana Grande for how short her skirt was— but not the fact that Bishop Charles Ellis gave her a mammogram on national television. 🙄— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) September 1, 2018
A tweet posted by Grande in 2016 referring to women's empowerment and their ability to dress up and make their own choices has also re-surfaced.
Women's choice. ♡ our bodies, our clothing, our music, our personalities..... sexy, flirty, fun.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 28, 2016
it is not. an open. invitation.
While the positioning of the Bishop's hand was certainly unfortunate, we here at The Sitch hope that he meant it when he said it would never be his intention to touch a woman's breast and we are grateful that he apologized.
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