Aretha Franklin’s Behavior Called Obnoxious at ‘The Color Purple’ Play


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Rumor has it, Aretha Franklin recently exhibited what some consider some diva behavior.

Last week, Franklin attended a performance of “The Color Purple” and was accused of behaving obnoxiously, according to Page Six. The site reports:

According to a witness, Franklin showed up late to a performance at the Jacobs Theatre, took up six seats around her and began holding her phone in the air to snap photos of the show — and that was all before intermission!

“She arrived a few minutes late with four bodyguards. One to sit in front, one behind, and one on either side. The prime orchestra seat in front of her was empty,” entertainment writer Brandon Voss posted to Facebook friends.

Then, “During the opening number she began taking photos on her phone, lifting it high and proud, much to the murmuring disgust of those around us,” Voss reported. Then an “older white lady” in the audience began “gesturing wildly for her to put down the phone, letting her bodyguard know it wasn’t allowed.”

Aretha Franklin waves as she steps out of the 'Late Show with David Letterman' where she performed

That’s when an usher arrived, and, “It took her an eternity, but she finally shut it down.”

But at intermission, the woman who’d complained, “realized it wasn’t a human being but was in fact THE Aretha Franklin, she APOLOGIZED,” Voss posted. “Because it’s Aretha f?-?-?king Franklin, and she can take pictures whenever and wherever she wants.”

But, “Then shortly before the second act starts, after being approached by many fans, she accuses me of not being in the right seat and wants to check my ticket,” Voss wrote. “She doesn’t recognize me .?.?. [m]aybe because I was on time? I didn’t think my mouth could open that wide.”

And “finally, after the show was over, her bodyguards asked our whole row to file out the other side because Aretha was just going to sit and chill.” But Voss figured, “I have no problem with any of this, quite frankly. #RESPECT.”

Franklin’s camp has yet to comment.

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Authored by: Kellie Williams