The family of Aretha Franklin has released a statement calling out Wendy Williams after the show host talked smack about the late legend’s upcoming documentary, Amazing Grace.
It all started after Wendy went on Friday’s episode of her Wendy Williams Show to criticise the quality of the film and discourage people from seeing it.
“I would imagine that now the bill collectors are like, ‘OK, rest in peace, Aretha Franklin. But we still need our money for this, we need money for that. So by putting this movie out, I would say the estate is probably going to be paying the bills with this,” she said during her “Hot Topics” segment.
She also talked about Franklin’s less glamorous look in the film, saying, “Now, you know, Miss Franklin she was very into her showgirl glamour and stuff. This was just regular makeup for her. She would want the pressed hair, and the done lashes, and a good outfit and her background people to be fabulous.”
Well, Franklin’s family aren’t pleased.
In a statement shared with the Detroit Press, they said:
“Ms. Franklin had specifically sought to perform in a stripped-down, church-service setting. By showing a brief clip out of context and mocking its quality on her show, Williams inaccurately represented Ms. Franklin and the movie to her audience.
And while Franklin had initially imposed an injunction on “Amazing Grace,” her objections had nothing to do with its quality; negotiations were incomplete at the time of her death. Her family feels this documentary is another prime example of The Queen of Soul’s genius.
1972 was the era of Black Power and Black Is Beautiful. In her short natural hair and simple makeup, Ms. Franklin was in step with the times and appropriate to the occasion. There was no ‘showgirl glamour,’ no ‘pressed hair’ and no ‘eyelashes’—the lack of which Williams ridiculed on her program. The simplicity of the presentation gives ‘Amazing Grace’ its power.
Wendy Williams is the host of the most-watched daytime gossip show in syndicated television. However, that does not give her license to offer misleading commentary about a legacy entertainer based on unverified information.”
Have you seen the trailer for Amazing Grace? Watch below before it hits theaters April 19.