Pete Davidson slammed over 'disgusting' resurfaced joke about Ariana Grande concert terrorist attack
Last month, singer Ariana Grande and SNL comedian Pete Davidson confirmed that they were engaged after just a month of dating one another. The 24-year-old musician implied in several social media posts that she and her beau had already moved past the dating phase in a very serious way back in June, and Davidson confirmed the engagement in a later post on Instagram.
Shortly after that, he discussed the recent relationship leap on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
"I feel like I won a contest. It’s so sick. It’s f**king lit, Jimmy," he said. "It’s so lit. It’s so funny when you’re walking down the street, dudes are walking by and... [tips hat]. Some guy came up to me and said, ‘yo man, you like gave me hope.’ I didn’t know I was that ugly."
But, as happy as the pair may seem, it's becoming obvious that their relationship is not without its flaws.
First, the announcement of their engagement caused something of an uproar on Twitter, with Grande's fans coming for Davidson on the social media platform; then, it emerged that several people had advised the couple that they were moving too fast; and now - shockingly - it has come to light that Davidson once made a tasteless joke at Grande's expense shortly after the Manchester Arena bombing.
The attack, which happened on May 22, 2017, killed 22 people and left 59 badly injured during one of Grande's concerts. The singer herself was left with PTSD from the incident, and told Vogue UK last year:
"It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience — like I shouldn’t even say anything."
Just a couple of months after her confession, however, in October 2017, Davidson made a heartless joke about the attack.
During a Stand Up set at the LA Laugh Factory, he said that Grande must have realised how famous she'd become because "Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert."
And, as could be expected, Twitter was not impressed.
"If that lad Pete Davidson really did crack jokes about the Manchester bombing incident then he better start speaking to Ariana cause there is simply no excuse for it," wrote one person.
"What sicko would joke about a tragic evident that happened at his fiancé’s concert? Oh wait... that’s right. Who else but Pete Davidson," added another.
However, some people jumped in to defend him.
Still, their defences meant very little to the families of the victims, who are still grieving their losses more than a year later.
"For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologize for it," said Charlotte Hodgson, who lost her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, at the concert. "For someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous. I think she would be horrified too."
Neither Grande nor Davidson have commented on the matter yet.