Al Sharpton Tries Spelling ‘Respect’ to Honor Aretha, Just Can’t Get It Right

Conservative Tribune | 8/19/2018 | Kara Pendleton
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Shortly after it was announced that the “Queen of Soul,” singer Aretha Franklin, had entered hospice, word followed that the powerhouse performer had passed away. Many public figures paid tribute, but the Rev. Al Sharpton just ended up embarrassing himself with one of his.

Franklin’s official website noted that not only was she often known just by her first name, but that she was “both a 20th and 21st century musical and cultural icon.” For at least six decades she entertained the world with such iconic songs as “Think” and “Natural Woman.”

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Her astonishing career earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from then-President George W. Bush, and a whopping 18 Grammy awards. She is also credited with “saving” the 1998 Grammy Awards, as the New York Post recounted.

One of her most famous tunes is “Respect,” in which she spells out the word, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” twice. That particular part of the song has been widely used across pop culture, including in movies and television commercials.

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The star-studded deluge of tributes to her often referenced her amazing career and many famous songs. A few, shared here, illustrate the deep respect so many had for Franklin and her contributions to the music world.

Singer Janet Jackson sent out a tweet with a video clip talking about how she grew up with Franklin as a neighbor, playing with her kids. She honored the legacy Franklin created:

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Actress and businesswoman Priscilla Presley paid tribute with a simple RIP message. She made no mention of whether she’d ever met the singer, via her late ex-husband, Elvis.

TMZ and others reported that both Elvis and Franklin died on the same day, Aug. 16. Elvis passed away 41 years before Franklin.

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Freelance journalist Yashar Ali shared a star-studded story about Franklin. Apparently, legendary singers Etta James and Sarah Vaughn discussed the rising star’s...
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