A clueless pastor joked that he thought Ariana Grande was a Taco Bell menu item following her stunning performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday.
Grande – clad in an itsy bitsy black dress and wearing her signature flowing ponytail – had just wrapped belting out “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” when Bishop Charles Ellis made the awkward remark.
“When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,” he quipped, as the audience cracked up.
Grande, a four-time Grammy Award-nominated artist, seemed embarrassed — but laughed off the awkward comment.
“Girl, let me give you all your respect,” Ellis added, pulling in the pint-sized pop star for a hug. “Did y’all enjoy this icon? She’s an icon herself.”
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old’s choice of funeral attire drew criticism on social media for being a bit too revealing for church.
“#ArianaGrande don’t know the below the knee rule for the pulpit in the black church. Somebody hand her a lap hanky and a choir robe. Bless her heart,” tweeted one, Tenisha Taylor Bell.
Grande also performed the Queen of Soul’s 1968 classic on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” the day of her death on Aug. 16.
SOURCE: Lia Eustachewich
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