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Ariana Grande Receives An Apology From The Bishop Who Groped Her At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral!

Ariana Grande Receives An Apology From The Bishop Who Groped Her At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral!

Ariana Grande performed at Aretha Franklin’s funeral last week where she was publicly groped and humiliated on stage by a so called ‘man of God.’

The video footage of the event is very uncomfortable to watch. It shows Bishop Charles H Ellis III holding Ariana close while she struggles to put some distance between them. The bishop has his hands so high up on her waist that he is in fact squeezing her breast from the side. He knows what he’s doing and Ariana knows what he’s doing. In fact when Ariana puts her head down at one stage he goes in for the kill and gives her breast a full squeeze. This is all done on stage in front of hundreds of people. He jokes and continues to embarrass and degrade her while the audience watches.


Now you don’t have to be a fan of Ariana’s to feel empathy towards her. She is clearly uncomfortable and is clearly squirming in this creep’s embrace. Yet if you google Ariana’s name today one of the first stories that comes up is about ‘how short her dress was’ for a funeral.

Are we serious? We’re going to focus on the length of a pop star’s dress instead of talking about the bishop’s inappropriate behaviour? Like the length of her dress somehow makes a difference to how she was treated. But it’s the same old victim blaming where the abuser is somehow excused because he had no control over his ‘sick actions.’

Unfortunately women are subjected to this subtle abuse all the time. I remember once having a boss when I was in my early 20’s who would continually hug all his young female employees and press himself up against them. He would joke and laugh and play with our hair all while giving us that creepy leer that did nothing to hide what his real intentions were. Needless to say I didn’t last long there and reported him to higher management.

Ariana’s fans are in an uproar about the treatment of their star and have started a hashtag called #respectAriana where they are calling out the mistreatment of women in public. Regardless of whether a woman is a celebrity or not there is no excuse for this behaviour.

Since the outcry, the bishop has been forced to apologise for his wandering hands stating he never had any intention of feeling her up. Whatever.

“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast,” he said. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar. But again, I apologise.”

“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.”

He added: “The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”

He went on to say he hugged all the artists, male or female, during the ceremony.

What he didn’t do to the other guests was grope them while they tried to move away. The sickest part is that while he was grabbing Ariana he was also saying, “Girl let me give you all this respect.” 

It’s disgusting and it’s wrong and it’s very clear what that bishop thinks of women. Let’s hope he doesn’t have any daughters.

Images: Twitter


Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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