Skip to comments.Ariana Grande reminds us women have no safe place in America
Posted on 09/03/2018 8:08:13 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Singer Ariana Grande took the stage to sing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," a funeral fit for a queen also served as a reminder that there isn't a single place in this country where a woman can feel safe from sexual assault and harassment.
Following Grande's performance, Pastor Charles H. Ellis III wrapped his right arm around Grande, pulled her close to him and touched her breast. He did this on stage, in a church, during a funeral -- in front of thousands of attendees. Visibly uncomfortable and tense, Grande forced her way through awkward laughs as to not make a scene at the Queen of Soul's eight-hour funeral.
Ellis later apologized to Grande and her fans, telling the Associated Press, "I don't know; I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar, but again, I apologize."
The majority of us have felt what Grande undoubtedly felt on that stage: the undeniable fear that accompanies a violation; the need to keep everyone around you happy while you're internally screaming; the cultural expectation to keep smiling while your bodily autonomy is wholly dismissed. To watch it play out at a funeral is not to be shocked by what you've witnessed, but to be reminded that women -- no matter how powerful or famous -- are not granted the same public safety as men.
But Grande is not the first woman to have been sexually assaulted at a funeral. Sophie Saint Thomas, a freelance writer, was groped while attending her grandmother's funeral this year. "My grandmother died of colon cancer earlier this summer." Thomas told me. "Her death was a massive loss for me, and I was very deep in mourning when I traveled to the funeral."
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Evidently they had no problem with Farrakhan though.
Or sexual predator Slick Willie. Or adulterer “reverends” Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Well, Revvs. Is dey real or is dey fake ? We gotz ta kno.
I agree-—it was accidental.
I agree-—it was accidental.
Its a fundamental biological fact of life that men are and always have been what feminists call predatory. When confronted with a beautiful woman who projects heat, a normal man will have a sexual response expressed in different ways. Its just the way it is and has always been.
Lie down with dogs...
I dunno about that.
It looks very Biden-esque to me.
The Rev. was too touchy, but Ariana didn’t help by dressing like someone in a Las Vegas casino. She gave everybody quite a lot to look at, considering it was a funeral.
Too late to act shocked and demure.
I have no sympathy for that witch after she posted herself wiping her ass with the U.S. flag.
I saw the video... he groped her and made a horrible joke about her name...
Holy groper...Pastor Charles H. Ellis III
I think it’s intentional.
Obviously, the CNN writer thinks that black men are preadators. When will CNN stop with this racist hate?
I dont think Ill ever get over Macho Grande...
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