Sunday, September 2, 2018

Rick Ector Discusses Ariana Grande Hug By Local Religious Icon At Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Common Sense About Physical Contact With Women, Whom You Do Not Know Well, From A Firearm Instructor Who Oversaw Training 700 Women How To Shoot A Gun In One Day

Unless you have been under a rock the last couple of days, you are certainly aware of the controversy surrounding the post-performance interaction between singer Ariana Grande and Bishop Charles Ellis at the funeral of legendary entertainer Aretha Franklin.
Some online discussion has focused on Ellis' apparent joke about her name sounding like a menu item at Taco Bell. It was an unfortunate joke that he has since been soundly panned all over the Internet and led to Ellis apologizing for the comment.
The focus of this post, however, will address the other controversial aspect of their interaction in the aftermath of her musical performance at Aretha Franklin's funeral service.
After her musical performance, Grande was invited to accompany Ellis at the microphone for some public interaction on the stage before the attendees. One of Ellis' hands were on the body of Ms. Grande.
At times, his hand was either gripped tightly around her waist and at other times at the side of one of her breasts. Depending on who you talk to, it was either incidental and harmless contact or a gross violation of her body.
I have looked at the video several times and I have one important conclusion to make: It should never happened. His hand should have never been anywhere near or close to "sensitive" areas of her body - including her waist or her breast.
As a Firearm Trainer who instructs hundreds of women how to shoot a gun as a community service project, I go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that interactions between volunteer gun instructors and women students can't be misinterpreted.
Teaching a person how to shoot a handgun safely and accurately is inevitably going to lead to some physical contact. Thus, it is important that the instructor explain what is happening and if any physical touching is necessary, to first ask for permission. After being authorized, any physical contact can be done without any "weirdness" being experienced by the student.
In the end, the big take-away from the post performance interaction between Elis and Grande is getting international coverage over the Internet. In my opinion, it should have never happened. A man in his position should have known better than to be touching her in sensitive areas in the first place.
So, regardless of his reputation and stature in the community, it should have never happened. Let this incident be a cautionary tale for men everywhere to "mind" their hands when interacting with women that you do not know intimately.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, Fox news, New York Times, USA Today, Bearing Arms, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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