Aretha Louise Franklin an American singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist, passed away recently on August 16, 2018 due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 as per the reports. A grand funeral was organised at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
While the funeral was talk of the town, it sparked off controversy and both Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the funeral, and popular singer Ariana Grande, who was there to perform, were trolled heavily on social media. On Friday, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III joined singer Ariana Grande on stage at Aretha Franklin's memorial. The images of the moments on social media showed Ellis holding Grande with his fingers pressed against her chest, and some viewers called out that Grande appeared to be uncomfortable with the interaction. He was accussed by fans for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
According to the reports, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin's funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." However, the Bishop later apologized in an interview with The Associated Press at the cemetery where Franklin was interred late Friday.
He was quoted saying, “It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast. ... I don't know I guess I put my arm around her," Ellis said. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize." He even said that he hugged all the performers during Friday's eight-hour service. He even added "The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin." Many people posted close-up images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana.
Nevertheless, on the other hand the 24-year-old Ariana Grande, who sang soulful songs like "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the funeral, also got accused for disrespecting Franklin by wearing a black mini dress at her mourning prayer, reports dailymail.co.uk.
Former CNN executive producer, Tenisha Taylor Bell wrote on social media,"Ariana Grande don't know the below the knee rule for the pulpit in the black church." Even some of her fans reacted on social- networking site.