Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, who lost his firefighter father in 9/11, is being called out for a joke he told back in 2017 about the Manchester Arena bombing. Davidson, who is now engaged to Ariana Grande but wasn't dating her at the time, allegedly said in a set regarding Grande's growing fame:
...because Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.
Charlotte Hodgson, whose daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy died in the bombing, doesn't think the joke is funny.
Hodgson has said:
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.
Davidson often tells jokes about touchy subjects, including his own father's death on 9/11.
Twitter reactions were varied, with some not surprised.
Yall think Pete Davidson wouldnt make jokes about Manchester when he made jokes about his dad dying in 9/11....ok— k🎞 (@tonygherkins) July 1, 2018
1. His name is Pete Davidson, don’t act like you didn’t know.— Savannah ✨ Happy Birthday Danielle 🎉 (@teamsupergrande) July 2, 2018
2. I’m pretty sure Ariana has seen this floating around. She wouldn’t still be with Pete if he had been offensive about the Manchester attack.
Why everybody hatin on Pete Davidson??? He makes 9/11 jokes and y’all are alright with that but when he makes a Manchester Bombing joke y’all are all of a sudden unstanning and convey him as a terrible person. He’s a comedian, y’all are just too soft. pic.twitter.com/VYqZcSG2tl— i.a.assthetics (@verimont68) July 2, 2018
While some simply don't believe he said it.
Can someone please find the video of Pete Davidson making the joke about Manchester? Was it real or is it just a rumor??— jaycie! (@HOWDYJAYCIE) July 1, 2018
pete davidson joked about the manchester bombing but there's not a single video proof, and all the media outlets posting about it are sensationalist british publications? uhhhh sounds kinda fishy— moisés (@kvrlacvmila) July 1, 2018
People are believing that Pete Davidson made jokes about Manchester because several news outlets have talked about it, but keep in mind, several news outlets also talked about Ariana demanding to be carried so her feet wouldn’t touch the ground and wishing her fans would die. pic.twitter.com/zSzcZUhhHd— rena (@grandethftautmn) July 2, 2018
Many were upset by the joke.
is it true pete davidson joked about the manchester terrorist attack? cause if it’s true that’s pretty fucked up— spicy mami (@filthybardi) July 1, 2018
If that lad Pete Davidson really did crack jokes about the Manchester bombing incident then he better start speaking to Ariana cause there is simply no excuse for it.— johnny1248 (@JediFlippyDoer) June 30, 2018
pete davidson made a joke about the manchester attack... knew there was a reason i didn’t like him— ruby 🏴 (@starksjess) July 1, 2018
honestly i need to know if pete davidson made a joke about manchester bc if he did and ariana is defending him that's a whole fuckin mess— sarah✨ (@ughsar) July 1, 2018
Davidson has not commented on the story.