'R-E-S-P-I-C-T,' Al Sharpton slammed after misspelling Aretha Franklin's hit song on national TV

Monica Otayza
Feb 08, 2019
09:05 P.M.
Share this pen

Critics will not let Al Sharpton forget that he misspelled the word "respect" on his MSNBC "Politics Nation" show over the weekend. 


Sharpton, who is a long-time supporter and friend of the late Aretha Franklin, was attacking US President Donald Trump on the show.

He was discussing Trump's frequent use of insults to put down people of color in his Sunday morning show.

The president was under heavy fire recently after he called former White House aide and "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog."



Referring to Newman, Sharpton said: 

"I think you might've learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal." 

Newman released a tell-all book of her time in the White House while working with the president, titled "Unhinged."

Al hoped to end his fiery speech on a high-note by quoting his late friend, but the civil rights leader accidentally spelled the word wrong, without realizing it until he went off the air. 


"In the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you."

Critics of Sharpton and his show made sure to express their disbelief on social media, asking him to learn how to spell before he gives suggestions to the President Of The United States.  


Of course, his friend Aretha Franklin did not spell the word that way in her 1967 hit song "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" passed away at the age of 76, and people around the world mourned her death. 

Last Thursday, August 16, the legendary singer passed away in her home in Detroit surrounded by close family and friends. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, as confirmed by her physician.