The 25-year-old singer, wearing a short black dress and high-heeled shoes, took the stage on Friday for a rendition of Franklin’s hit single ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.’ Clinton seated right behind Grande, was captured looking hypnotized by the former Nickelodeon star’s performance.
Some users on social media poked fun at Clinton for ‘ogling’ the singer and even ‘undressing’ Grande with his eyes, suggesting that she had ‘brought him back to life.’
To be fair though, it appears that her skirt was awfully short, especially in the back.
Ariana Grande got Bill Clinton ready to risk it all again ????????????. pic.twitter.com/YF8RXzvb5L
— HargraveConsulting (@HargraveGlobal) August 31, 2018
Ariana Grande & that black dress brought Bill Clinton back to life ???? pic.twitter.com/YDaEuHesfN
— Supa Crank It™ (@SupaCrankIt) September 1, 2018
— 1☆2☆3☆Cowboys Life Family (@CowboysFamily) August 31, 2018
Others found the whole situation “uncomfortable,” calling the ex-president’s fascination with Grande “gross” and “creepy.” Commenters also argued that Clinton’s reaction was inappropriate, since Grande was honoring the late soul legend Aretha Franklin, who had passed away on August 16. Others pointed out that Hillary Clinton was also present at the event, RT reports.
Oh my. Bill Clinton is creepy as hell. pic.twitter.com/IO2agZvMrg
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) August 31, 2018
GROOOSSSS HOW IS HE STILL SO CREEPY!?!?! EEEWWWWWW
WATCH: Bill Clinton Stares Creepily At Ariana Grande Singing At Aretha Franklin's Funeral https://t.co/eA8aFuCdSF
— Kellyn Thompson (@KellynThompson) September 1, 2018
Ariana Grande performed at Aretha Franklin’s memorial service today and President Clinton is still President Clinton. pic.twitter.com/Cv484bdvza
— Charles West (@CharlemagneWest) August 31, 2018
— Dennis Nagel (@DennisRNagel4) August 31, 2018
Some, however, came to Clinton’s defense, suggesting that the apparent ‘ogling’ is just his usual ‘look.’
Everyone is calling out Bill Clinton for ogling Ariana Grande but truth be told, I think that’s just his “look.” I don’t think he knows where he’s at when the mind control switch is off.
— Maryann (@maremancini) August 31, 2018