The mother of a concertgoer killed during the Manchester Arena attack has called for Ariana Grande's now-fiancé Pete Davidson to "publicly apologize" for a joke he previously made about the incident.
Davidson reportedly joked that the incident must have confirmed to Grande that she was at a new level of fame, as “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.” His gag came five months after the attack, which killed 22 and left 59 injured.
“For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologize for it. The families will find it equally as disgusting," Hodgson told the tabloid. “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. I think she would be horrified, too.” Grande has also previously spoken about how she now suffers from PTSD as a result of the attack. [NYLON]
this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w 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— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 5, 2018
i hear and respect you all always.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 5, 2018
It was unfortunate but we are human we all cope/deal with how shitty this world is in different ways and coming from someone who has also lost a parent I internalize pain/ trauma differently than most. Jokes often come when we are most distraught/ depressed. Love you!!!— Taylor cenci 💜🖤💜🖤 (@taylor_cenci) July 5, 2018
okay but the manchester attack had NOTHING to do with him. I understand the ways he made jokes about his father's death to help cope but how was he affected by Manchester at all? How are his jokes in anyway supposed to make the victims feel better? It's just a sorry excuse.— . (@vivaciousdemi) July 5, 2018