Ariana Grande apologizes for insensitive joke about JonBenét Ramsey

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Ariana Grande issued an apology after making an “out of pocket” joke about JonBenét Ramsey. But, she’s still receiving backlash for the insensitive comment from people who say she should have known better.

The controversy stems from a now-deleted Instagram post by Grande’s friend, Doug Middlebrook, who shared a photo of a tabloid news magazine featuring a photo of the young beauty queen who was killed when she was just 6 years old.

Ariana Grande issued an apology after joking about a JonBenet Ramsey Halloween costume.
Ariana Grande issued an apology after joking about a JonBenet Ramsey Halloween costume. (Photo: Getty Images)

“No one has done more covers,” Middlebrook captioned the photo. Grande then commented, “i cant WAIT for this to be your halloween look,” before Middlebrook responded, working on it already.”

And although the 26-year-old ultimately deleted her comment and Middlebrook discarded the post, a fan had already taken a screenshot of the exchange and posted it to Twitter to call the singer out.

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“Wait WHAT??” one person wrote. “An 8-year-old girl who was violently killed, strangled and suffocated cannot be anyone’s costume...”

The tweet prompted thousands of responses, including one from Grande who admitted that her joke was “not at all funny.”

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Even after her apology, however, the Twitter user informed followers that he would be keeping his tweet up so that others could learn from Grande’s mistake. People have since questioned why it took so long for the star herself to realize the joke was wrong in the first place.

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Many others also brought attention to the fact that Grande should be more sensitive, considering the trauma she experienced when 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber during her Manchester concert in 2017.

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Naturally, the world-famous pop star still has some defenders, as fans have said that people need to get over the mistake that Grande has already apologized for.

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