Besotted Ariana Grande defends fiance Pete Davidson despite his Manchester terrorism joke

It wasn’t Pete Davidson’s finest moment.

During an appearance last fall in support of Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims, Davidson cracked a joke about Ariana Grande’s popularity by saying, “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”

The joke referred to the terrorist attack that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of others at Grande’s 2017 concert in Manchester, England. Davidson’s quip flew under the radar for months, but resurfaced earlier this week in light of Davidson’s out-of-nowhere engagement to the 25-year-old singer.

Among those to criticize Davidson, 24, was the mother of the one of the victims. “We don’t need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it’s heartbreaking to hear every day. But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous,” Charlotte Hodgson, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the attack, told the Mirror.

And a fan of Grande’s on Wednesday called out the “Saturday Night Live” comedian on Twitter, even questioning why Grande would still be engaged to him.

“I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete, like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion,” the fan tweeted.

On Thursday, Grande responded. She defended Davidson, but added that she too didn’t find funny his attempt at humor.

“this has been v(ery) tough & conflicting on my heart,” Grande tweeted in response. “he uses comedy to help (people) feel better (about) how f-ed up things in the world are. we all deal (with) trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/is never malicious but it was unfortunate.”

Grande followed up by saying, “i hear and respect you all always.”

A source reiterated Grande’s feelings by telling People, “The joke was taken out of context. He lost his dad in 9/11 and is close with other victims of violent tragedies. As a way of coping he turns to humor. … He’s obviously sensitive to tragedy as he lost his own father and his intention is to just make people laugh.”

Davidson’s father, Scott, was a firefighter who died during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York City.

Source: mercurynews
Besotted Ariana Grande defends fiance Pete Davidson despite his Manchester terrorism joke