12:13, September 2, 2018
After the funeral for the soullegende Aretha Franklin The chief bishop apologized for the American singer's breast Ariana Grande to have touched. "It would never be my intention to touch a woman's chest," Bishop explained Charles H. Ellis III on Saturday. Grande sang the hit of Franklin "You Like Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" at the funeral. After the performance, Ellis thanked the 25-year-olds and put an arm around her. His hand pressed against her right breast.
Ellis said he just wanted to hug the singer. "Maybe I crossed a border, maybe I was too friendly and familiar," added Church Pastor Greater Grace Temple in Franklin's home town of Detroit. He embraced all artists, both men and women, during the ceremony: "That's how we do it in the church everything revolves around love." Addendum: "The last thing I wanted was to deduce the opportunity of this day – everything would around Aretha Franklin. "
The incident had caused great indignation in the online networks. "I am very sorry that you had to endure this", wrote the TV presenter Claudia Jordan in the short message service Twitter to Grande. Grabbing was clearly seen "and we could all see and feel your discomfort".
Earlier Ellis had to apologize for the name of a joke Grande: the bishop had said to the singer, her name in the program for the funeral that was first held for a new dish from the fast food chain Taco Bell. He later explained: "I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and her fans and to the entire Spanish community, and if you're doing almost nine hours of programming, you sometimes try to make a joke to keep it alive. " Taco Bell has Mexican food, Grande has Italian roots.
Aretha Franklin died of cancer at her home in Detroit on August 16, at the age of 76. With her hits as "Respect" and "Think" she wrote music history, she was an icon of the women's and civil rights movement. In 1987 she became the first woman ever to be initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many stars and politicians took part in their eight-hour remembrance service Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and the former US president Bill Clinton part.