[Aretha Franklin’s eight-hour funeral in Detroit on Friday celebrated the life of the soul legend in A-list style, complete with a parade of pink Cadillacs and musical tributes from stars like Ariana Grande and Stevie Wonder. However, controversy erupted when Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who was officiating the service, brought Grande onstage to perform in honor of the soul pioneer.
As he introduced her, viewers watched in horror as he tightened a hand well above her waist—placing it instead around the side of her breast—and held her for an uncomfortably long time. After intense backlash from people shocked that they’d just witnessed a woman groped in public, Bishop Ellis apologized, saying he didn’t intend to touch Grande inappropriately.
“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 in an interview with the Associated Press. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”]
He apologized, so everything is ok. He is one of the leaders showing people how to get to heaven.