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The bishop who gave Mass at the funeral of Aretha Franklin he asked Ariana Grande I apologize for the way he played her on the stage and for a joke he made about the name of the singer.
The bishop Charles H. Ellis III He directed the funeral Franklin and congratulations big on the stage after she sang "A You Woman Feel Like A Natural Woman" on Friday.
The images of the moment show that Ellis comes to him with his right hand, with his fingers pressed against one side of his chest. Grande seems to react with some discomfort.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday night, the pastor apologized to the singer.
"It would never be my intention to touch a woman's chest … I do not know, I suppose I put my arm around her," Ellis added in the interview, at the cemetery where Franklin was buried.
"Maybe I crossed the border, maybe it was too friendly or familiar, but again, my apologies."
He said he embraced all artists during the eight-hour funeral service on Friday.
"I embrace all female artists and male artists," Ellis said. "To all who were there, I shook hands and embraced them, that is what we are in the church, it is all about love."
He added: "The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction this day. Aretha Franklin. "
Many people have retweeted the images in the foreground of the moment on Twitter, with the hashtag #RespectAriana (#RespetaaAriana).
Ellis also apologized to Grande, her fans and the Spanish community for making a joke when she saw the name of the artist in the ceremony program. He said he thought it was a new dish in the Taco Bell menu.
"I apologize sincerely to Ariana and her fans and the entire Spanish community," Ellis said. "If you hold a nine-hour ceremony, you try to keep it active, try to make some jokes here and there."
The touch of Ellis He overshadowed part of the criticism the singer had received at the beginning of the ceremony, for wearing a short black dress for her presentation. Countless people published online criticism and said that the dress was too short for the church.
"#ArianaGrande he does not know the 'under the knee' rule for the pulpit in the black church. Someone gave him a handkerchief for his lap and a choir. God bless your heart, "tweeted a viewer, Tenisha Taylor Bell.
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