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.
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I realize this tribute is a little after the fact, but better later than never. I do not know where to begin to describe the devastation I feel that the original Queen and innovator of Soul and R&B, and hands down one of the most prolific and groundbreaking female musicians of all time, the incomparable, Aretha Franklin has just lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. I am still at a loss for words!! Aretha Franklin was without a doubt the greatest female R&B musicians of all time, and her legacy as the Queen of Soul will live on in our hearts for many generations to come. She was a groundbreaking, artistic pioneer who was instrumental in paving the way a multitude of female musicians; to express themselves truthfully through their art; and to always try to make an attempt to remain authentic to their individuality; by refusing to conform to chauvinistic social constructs and ideals of how women were conditioned to present themselves. Without her female empowering, pioneering influence, I think it is safe to say that the self-empowered female musicians of my generation, and African-American musicians, such as: Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez | JLo, Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Adele, Dolly Parton, Blondie, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Kesha, Ariana Grande, Carly Simon, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Amy Winehouse, Sia, Sarah McLachlan, Jessica Simpson, Sara Bareilles, Natasha Bedingfield, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire, Rita Ora, Meghan Trainor, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, and Toni Braxton would cease to exist. She was a trailblazer and pioneer in the music industry who will live on for decades to come. She truly was the Queen of Soul! RIP, Aretha Franklin! Rest in Peace. Aretha Franklin: 1942- 2018. #RIPArethaFranklin #riparethafranklin #arethafranklintribute #arethafranklin #arethafranklinrespect #aretharip #arethafranklinfuneral #riparethafranklin🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
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.