As we all know (thanks to the constant reminders on their part), Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande love talking about each other. Usually when Pete talks about Ariana, it’s met with a lot of cringe, like when he recently described Ariana as having a tight pussy. A woman recently discovered a joke Pete made last year about Ariana Grande and the Manchester bombing attack. Except it didn’t just make her want to roll her eyes. Instead, it really pissed her off, because her daughter was one of the victims.
The Mirror says the woman in question is Charlotte Hodgson, who’s 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the bombing attack at Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester last year in May. Charlotte recently found out that Pete had a joke about the Manchester bombing in his set for a Puerto Rico stand-up benefit in Los Angeles last fall. The gist of the joke is that Pete wasn’t aware of how famous Ariana was until the attack, adding “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.” That really bothered Charlotte, who told The Mirror:
“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. 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.”
Pete wasn’t yet dating Ariana at the time the joke was made. A month after the bombing, Ariana held a benefit concert in Manchester for the victims and community called One Love Manchester, which raised about $12 million. Charlotte thinks Ariana would be horrified if she knew about the joke, but clearly Charlotte isn’t aware that Ariana is fully sprung at the moment. And if Charlotte is waiting for an apology from Pete, she might be waiting a while.
A source spoke to People magazine about Pete’s Manchester joke, and they claim anyone with an issue is misunderstanding Pete’s intention. According to the source, the whole joke has been taken out of context. Additionally, the source reminds everyone that Pete’s firefighter father died on 9/11, so he knows a thing or two about losing a loved one to a terrorist attack.
Says the source: “He’s obviously sensitive to tragedy as he lost his own father and his intention is to just make people laugh…[he’s] close with other victims of violent tragedies. As a way of coping he turns to humor.”
I understand that Pete’s coping mechanism is laughter, but I do believe he owes someone an apology. If he doesn’t want to apologize to Manchester families, fine. But at the very least he should call up Britney Spears and beg forgiveness for ever implying she’s lower on the fame scale than a singing Totally Hair Teresa doll.