Monday 3 September 2018
'Um, excuse me...' Photo: Scott Olson/AFP

Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away last month on 16 August. Her funeral was held on 31 August in her hometown of Detroit where a couple of interesting things took place.

What should have been a service full of R-E-S-P-E-C-T turned out to be an event where, for Ariana Grande at least, boundaries were probably crossed.



Unsurprisingly, the hashtag #RespectAriana has been trending on the Twittersphere, with many people voicing their displeasure (to put it mildly).

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III has since apologised for perhaps being “too friendly” with the singer, but come on, who are you fooling?

Like so many women, she may have felt compelled to play the role of good sport at the service (what else can you do at a funeral?), but her body language did not go unnoticed by viewers.

Not only do we sympathise for Grande, we also feel bad for Franklin – can’t a woman rest in peace at her own funeral without some hanky panky going on?

You better think about what you’re trying to do, Bishop.

Related: The Legacy Aretha Franklin Left the Music World