Aretha Franklin’s Family Slams Wendy Williams for ‘Inaccurate’ Comments about Documentary
Aretha Franklin’s family slammed Wendy Williams after she throws shade at the upcoming documentary about the late Queen of Soul.
Aretha Franklin died in mid-August last year after a long battle with cancer leaving the world without one of its biggest representatives in the music industry.
After her death, the singer was honored with a funeral worthy of her status in the industry, attended by dignitaries from around the world traveling to pay their last respects.
A few months after the singer's departure, it was announced that a 1972 concert documentary entitled "Amazing Grace" would be released, with the intention of paying tribute to the life and work of such a well-known woman.
However, strong controversies have arisen since interview host Wendy Williams talked about the documentary. Williams criticized both the quality of the material and the decision to schedule its release after the death of the singer.
As expected, Aretha Franklin's estate reacted to Wendy Williams' criticisms and dismissed them as "irresponsible" and "mocking". They also complained that Williams made "inaccurate and derogatory statements" during her program attacking the upcoming movie of the late gospel singer.
Shot in 1972, "Amazing Grace" is scheduled to appear across the country in April. Despite the high expectations around this presentation, Williams questioned its visual quality, Franklin's natural appearance and the motivations behind the release of the film.
Among the things she said, Williams criticized Franklin's personal appearance although she simply represents a completely natural African-American woman and also called the film a "one camera shot" even though several cameras were used for filming.
According to Williams, since Franklin had refused to allow the premiere of this presentation during her lifetime, the family must have a single motivation to allow the film to be released right now: Money.
The interview host also seemed to accuse Franklin's family of mismanaging the singer's affairs over the years: "When you do not have real professional people doing really professional things for you, sometimes you lose."
Although the Queen of Soul told Detroit Free Press in 2015 "I love the movie itself", it was certainly she who hindered the release, and assured that she had not granted permission to use her image.
The film "Amazing Grace" will be released this month in select theaters. I posted this pic because of incorrect information provided by Wendy Williams. The talk show host provide false information to her audience about Aretha Franklin's appearance. Black is Beautiful!! pic.twitter.com/BQWBGz9BaP— Blkpique45 (@blkpique45) March 19, 2019
Filmed by Sydney Pollack in a church of L.A., while Franklin recorded her best-selling gospel album with the same name, the images remained stored for decades before becoming the final cut of UCLA music professor Alan Elliott.
For all those fans who are eager to see the singer as she performed her greatest musical success, we reveal that "Amazing Grace" will hit the country's cinemas on April 19 after events in Detroit and other cities.
Aretha’s Amazing Grace: From Watts to Detroit -- Symposium at @AfAmUCLA March 24-25. Presenters include: @SandyLocks @AshonCrawley @ShanaRedmond @JoiGilliam @jessicaCaremoor @lynneedenise @OliverSWang @ejlordi @ZFelice @edpavlic @fredaraMareva @salamishah https://t.co/N9iN4iZmht pic.twitter.com/gYmYugyLCP— Mark Anthony Neal (@NewBlackMan) March 18, 2019
In 1987, Franklin became the first female to join the ranks of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Little Richard as an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While she was not in attendance at the ceremony, her brother accepted the award on her behalf. "This is the greatest night of them all because Aretha has been written into history," he said.