Pete Davidson Slammed for Joking About Manchester Terrorist Attack
Pete Davidson is known for pushing the envelope with his comedy, both on Saturday Night Live and during more intimate stand-up gigs. But the professional comedian took things too far when he made light of the deadly terrorist attack that happened at fiancée Ariana Grande‘s Manchester, U.K. concert in May 2017.
The 24-year-old allegedly joked about what happened during a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles just five months after the attack. He basically said that the bombing proves how famous Ari is because “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”
“It drew gasps from the crowd and everyone squirmed in their seats,” someone in the crowd recalls of the audience’s reaction to the joke. “The event five months earlier was still pretty fresh, and there were plenty of British tourists in the crowd.”
Charlotte Hodgson, mother of 15-year-old victim Olivia Campbell-Hardy, says Pete’s joke was “disgusting” and thinks he should issue an apology.
“For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologize for it,” she tells The Mirror. “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.”
The woman continues, “But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous. I think she would be horrified, too.”
Jade Clough was injured in the bombing and is “shocked” to hear about PD’s joke.
“I think it’s absolutely disgusting; I’m shocked,” she says. “This isn’t something to joke about; it was a terrorist attack targeted at children. You don’t joke about things like that in a stand-up comedy show.
She adds, “I’m still suffering on a daily basis, I still have nightmares, and Ariana herself has suffered from PTSD. What the hell?”
Neither Pete nor Ariana have responded to the backlash.