Aretha Franklin Funeral – Pastor Accused of Homophobia, Racially Insensitive Joke Made About Ariana Grande
On Friday, the legendary Aretha Franklin was officially laid to rest with a 6 hour plus home going ceremony. Thousands of people – including politicians, musicians, and Hollywood celebrities alike – gathered in Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple to honor the late singer.
With any event as large as this comes inevitable controversy. Two of those pearl-clutching moments surrounded pop-star Ariana Grande. Many voiced on social media that they felt the length of her cocktail dress was inappropriate for a funeral.
Secondly, what some considered an insensitive, tone-deaf joke was made by Bishop Charles H. Ellis III – comparing Ariana’s last name to a Taco Bell meal. He also had a tight grip on her bosom. Yikes!
Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., a popular Atlanta pastor delivered what some considered a homophobic, misogynist, largely negative eulogy. It appears Pastor Shirley Caesar made an exit during Rev. Jasper’s speech! Ha!
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But the ultimate R-E-S-P-E-C-T was paid to the Queen of Soul by the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace. The Band of the Welsh Guards played her signature song during the changing of the guards ceremony.
Amazing! ? The Queen of England honored the Queen of Soul by playing Respect during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Friday morning ahead of Aretha Franklin's funeral. ?? The Band of the Welsh Guards performed a cover of the 1967 hit during the ceremony outside Buckingham Palace as a tribute to Aretha, who died from pancreatic cancer aged 76 on August 16. ? The song offered an unusual twist to this morning's traditional ritual – which, as the name suggests, marks the moment Queen Elizabeth II’s Guard hands over responsibility for protecting the palace to a new set of guards. ??????
Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin.
Written by Miata Shanay