Aretha Franklin Refuses To Acknowledge Pattie LaBelle At The White House

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By Barry Burch Jr.

Who is the first person you think of when you hear the word “diva?”  Could it be Aretha Franklin?  Well how about unapologetic diva?

Wait, answer that question after you have viewed the video of, yes, The unapologetic diva (see said video), refusing to acknowledge fellow diva, Patti LaBelle, at a Women of Soul concert held by the White House over the weekend.  

The concert was part of the “In Performance at the White House” series and featured Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and Ariana Grande.

Despite being in the White House and performing alongside distinguished peers, Franklin seemingly refused to change her stance on her and LaBelle’s apparent conflict.  While it is unclear what the, or if there is any, problem at all between Franklin and LaBelle, her actions at the event would make you think that there most certainly is.  Not only does Franklin seem to look in utter disdain at LaBelle as she passes her by, but after doing so she purposely moves herself so that she can avoid touching LaBelle’s hand though LaBelle was obviously reaching out for some love.

This would not be Franklin’s first feud in the media as she has had several.  In 2008 there seemed to be a misunderstanding between Franklin and Tina Turner after Beyoncé referred to Turner as “the queen” during a salute at the Grammy Awards.  Franklin expressed her disappointment.  Turner attempted to downplay the remarks in USA TODAY.  “There were so many kings and queens there that night.  Her ego must be so big to think she was the only one.” She laughed, “That’s how queens are!”

Franklin did not like that either.  She accused Beyoncé and Turner of attempting to cause controversy.

Though the reason behind Franklin’s attitude towards LaBelle is unknown, it was indeed cold and obvious.  Watch the video at http://min.us/i/REoBfPJ0OEGG

Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist.  His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature.  Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr

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38 Comment

  1. This is really too stupid to commit on. If Aretha was half the divia she thinks she is, there would be no problem. Patti is such a wonderful, loving person who I will always admire and call a true divia. Aretha has some issues that she needs to come to terms with and move on. There are so many other talented people in the world and she needs to love all of them who have been in the business just as long as she has. Patti has class and that is something Aretha has to learn. When you have class you stand out.

  2. Aretha is so stupid and low class…How could you do that to a true Dive like Patti…Patti is one of the most real Diva in the business and Aretha is the biggest bitch. Aretha's voice has suffered over the years and Patti's has gotten better with age…I love Patti LeBelle and I did R E S P E C T Aretha but if she can't respect anyone else why should we respect her ass. Keep your head up Patti you are the bigger women with more class in your baby toe then she has in her entire body

  3. I have been a fan of both of these women for years and I don't think Aretha was snubbing Patti at all. Aretha was moving through the crowd very quickly and she didn't stop for anyone. If you look at the video, Aretha reaches back for Patti's hand as she walks by her. Patti said in an interview that Aretha has invited her to sing and record with her. Patti and Aretha always seem to appear friendly toward each other. If you can get a hold of Oprah Winfrey's 40th birthday episode from her previous talk show, you will see them embrace and start catching up like two old friends. Not only that, if you go to YouTube and look at the video of Luther Vandross' funeral, when they sing "Power of Love", you see them hug and embrace. Moreover, Aretha stood up and hugged Patti after she sang "Aint no Way" during an Aretha tribute, not to mention Aretha's comments about wanting to judge American Idol with Patti.I don't believe there is any beef between these two dynamic singers. It was just the situation of Aretha, for some reason, moving very quickly through the crowd and not having time to stop and chant with anyone, at that particular moment.

  4. Pattie must have done something to her. Aretha is an Aries like me. We don't shun people unless they do something to us. One of the bad things about being an Aries is we can be unforgiving.

  5. wow.

  6. Aretha is too old to be acting so silly; if you were a young fool you will remain an old FOOL!

  7. Wow, really there

  8. Well as i viewed the clip yes she evaded the hand of Patty she was not rushing through the crown she pushed her aside. Patty was the true Diva she kept smiling, Aretha looked like she had sucked on a bag of lemons when they announced her and she entered the room with a frown on her face did you check that i dont care wave or handshake she was doing. a Queen cannot be a Queen forever she has to give up her throne at sometime. Patty keep that big old smile and keep giving the word diva its true meaning.

  9. As I've been telling my friends for years. Her Majesty, Aretha Franklin, actually believes she is The Queen! You have to either 'love her, or leave her'. There's no in between.

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