Luke Cage star appears to CONDONE pastors touching of Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklins funeral
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Luke Cage star appears to CONDONE pastors touching of Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklins funeral

The star of the Marvel superhero series Luke Cage apologized on Saturday after posting a tweet which made light of a pastor appearing to grope singer Ariana Grande during Aretha Franklin’s funeral.

Mike Colter, who plays the lead role in the Netflix show, tweeted on Saturday: ‘Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!’

That tweet, which was in response to Trevor Noah’s tweet that included a picture of Grande apparently being groped on Friday, was followed by a series of emojis meant to portray hysterical laughter.

After Colter received backlash on social media, he deleted the tweet and posted another message hours later on his Twitter account.

Mike Colter (above), the star of the Marvel superhero series Luke Cage, apologized on Saturday after posting a tweet which made light of a pastor appearing to grope singer Ariana Grande during Aretha Franklin¿s funeral

Mike Colter (above), the star of the Marvel superhero series Luke Cage, apologized on Saturday after posting a tweet which made light of a pastor appearing to grope singer Ariana Grande during Aretha Franklin’s funeral

Colter tweeted on Saturday: ¿Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!¿ That tweet, which was in response to Trevor Noah¿s tweet that included a picture of Grande being groped on Friday, was followed by a series of emojis meant to portray hysterical laughter

Colter tweeted on Saturday: ‘Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!’ That tweet, which was in response to Trevor Noah’s tweet that included a picture of Grande being groped on Friday, was followed by a series of emojis meant to portray hysterical laughter

After Colter apparently received backlash on social media, he deleted the tweet and posted another message hours later on his Twitter account

After Colter apparently received backlash on social media, he deleted the tweet and posted another message hours later on his Twitter account

‘I apologize about my tweet earlier,’ Colter tweeted.

‘In no way do I condone any such behavior.

‘It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm.

‘I realized quickly that it was not taken as such.

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologized for his racist joke about Ariana Grande and for appearing to grope her breast when hugging her during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Thursday

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologized for his racist joke about Ariana Grande and for appearing to grope her breast when hugging her during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Thursday

Ellis grabbed onto Grande around her rib cage as he attempted to share a 'dad' joke with the audience 

Ellis grabbed onto Grande around her rib cage as he attempted to share a 'dad' joke with the audience 

'When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,' he said as the crowd erupted into laughter 

'When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,' he said as the crowd erupted into laughter 

‘I was at an event all day. Sorry for the delay.’

Colter’s apology appeared to defuse a controversy that likely would have resulted in growing calls for Marvel to fire him.

Twitter users were outraged over the initial tweet by Colter.

'Mike Colter be out here tweeting stupid like Terry Crews can’t come in and play Luke Cage infinitely better than he can,' one Twitter user observed.

Another tweeted: 'What do these people think when they make a joke about a sexual harassment? Like does he really think he’s bulletproof?' 

'Well there goes any chance I watch more Luke Cage,' tweeted another outraged Twitter user.

Another Twitter user posted: '@netflix Sorry not sorry, I'm divesting from Luke Cage. PLEASE, do the right thing and give Simone and Jessica a Daughters of the Dragon spinoff.'

Colter received backlash on social media over his original tweet about the incident

Colter received backlash on social media over his original tweet about the incident

'Luke Cage series definitely getting cancelled,' tweeted another outraged Twitter user.

'Welp at least we got T'challa and getting Blade back soon.' 

Colter reprised the Luke Cage role in Marvel Universe projects like The Defenders and Jessica Jones.

Netflix, the popular streaming service, has aired two seasons of the Luke Cage TV series starring Colter, Rosario Dawson, and Mahershala Ali.

The bishop who officiated Franklin's funeral in Detroit apologized Friday to Grande for how he touched her on stage and a joke he made about her name.

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin's funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.'

Images of the moment showed Ellis' hand holding Grande well above her waist, with his fingers pressing against one side of her chest.

The preacher apologized in an interview with The Associated Press at the cemetery where Franklin was interred late Friday.

Grande, 25, had just finished her rendition of the Franklin classic '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman when the exchange transpired

Grande, 25, had just finished her rendition of the Franklin classic '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman when the exchange transpired

‘It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast... I don't know I guess I put my arm around her,' Ellis said. 'Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.'

He said he hugged all the performers during Friday's eight-hour service.

'I hug all the female artists and the male artists,' Ellis said. 'Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That's what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.'

He added: 'The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.'

Many people posted close-up images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana.

Ellis also apologized to Grande, her fans and Hispanic community for making a joke about seeing her name on the program and thinking it was a new item on the Taco Bell menu.

'I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,' Ellis said. 'When you're doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.'

Ellis' touching of Grande overshadowed some criticism earlier in the ceremony the short dress Grande wore for her performance.

Numerous people posted criticisms online that the dress was too short for church.