Mike Colter, the actor best known for his title role in Netflix's Luke Cage, found himself in a whole bunch of trouble this holiday weekend when he made an inconsiderate tweet regarding Ariana Grande and the inappropriate touch she received from the Bishop at Aretha Franklin's funeral. The initial tweet attempted to make light of the situation, which earned the television actor a great deal of online fury. The superhero actor claimed the comment was "complete and biting sarcasm," but it has received no shortage of criticism since it was posted online. Both the original tweet and the apology were deleted. According to media outlets who caught the tweet before it was taken down by Mike Colter, here's what the Marvel actor wrote on Twitter in an attempt to apologize for his very heavily-criticized tweet.

Hello all. I apologize about my tweet earlier. In no way do I condone any such behavior. It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such.

The apology tweet, as recounted by People, was in response to a tweet initially sent by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah which found the Comedy Central personality posting a screenshot of the Bishop touching Ariana Grande in an inappropriate way and asking what was happening in the photo. Mike Colter commented on the photo by giving the following response, which got immediately criticized:

Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero Fucks!

Mike Colter's apology tweet was posted several hours after the initial tweet made its way on the web. The reason for the wide net between the two tweets was because Colter was in a meeting and away from the web, according to the actor himself. That didn't necessarily win him any favors. Nevertheless, one can only hope that the actor is taking the criticism seriously and thinking about what he posted. It's evident that he got a lot of scorn for what he originally said, and he claims to be apologetic about what he wrote. Whether or not he is taking their notes to heart is something we don't know for sure at this time.

Meanwhile, Charles H. Ellis III, the bishop who has received a wealth of criticism for inappropriately touching Ariana Grande, issued the following apology for his actions during the funeral service:

It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast. ... I don't know I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.

Ariana Grande has yet to comment on Mike Colter or Charles H. Ellis III's comments since the service. Meanwhile, we'll keep you posted on the latest celebrity news and updates right here at CinemaBlend.

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