Ariana Grande is facing some backlash after she made a joke about JonBenét Ramsey.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Grande's good friend, Doug Middlebrook, posted a picture of a publication reporting on Ramsey's murder with the caption, "No one has done more covers." Grande and Middlebrook started joking about Middlebrook possibly dressing up as Ramsey for Halloween in the comments.
Wait WHAT?? an 8-year-old girl who was violently killed, strangled and suffocated cannot be anyone's costume... pic.twitter.com/MwaAXavyBE— IVAN (@ivanmoratroya) July 29, 2019
"i cant WAIT for this to be your halloween look," Grande commented.
Naturally, fans took offense to Grande and Middlebrook's banter. JonBenét Ramsey was a child beauty queen that was murdered in 1996 at the age of 6. The nature of Ramsey's death took the nation by storm. Convicted pedophile, Gary Oliva, claimed to be Ramsey's killer earlier this year.
Ariana's followers accused the singer of being insensitive to the victim's family and families who've experienced similar situations. Amid the backlash, Middlebrook removed the post and the singer apologized.
@ivanmoratroya yeah no i deleted it very quickly and understand that it’s not at all funny. this was out of pocket and i sincerely apologize.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 29, 2019
"yeah no i deleted it very quickly and understand that it’s not at all funny," Grande said. "this was out of pocket and i sincerely apologize."
Same fans weren't buying the apology.
sis..you left the comment for a whole day. you only apologised once you saw that we called you out on it.— kenza (@hesroyale) July 29, 2019
Grande has been called out for questionable behavior in the past. On multiple occasions, the singer has been accused of "queerbaiting" her audience. She was also criticized for "7 Rings" resembling 2 Chainz's "Spend It" and having a visual for the song that mirrors his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music album rollout.