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The Smithsonian Wants Aretha's Hat!

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The Smithsonian in D.C. has asked Aretha Franklin if she would part with her (in)famous Luke Song hat to be part of President Obama’s Inaugural display. The display will also include Michella Obama's ball gown.

But the Queen of Soul is hesitant, saying, "I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history. I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history."

We know that we smile every time we look at her and her hat!

[Image via AP Images.]

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124 comments to “The Smithsonian Wants Aretha's Hat!”

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  1. 1

    Um…Really? I want that hat because I'd feel so FABULOUS and get some RESPECT! Yes, ma'm.



  2. 2

    Fuck yes they do!



  3. 3

    hmmmmm



  4. 4

    Yeah, you know. Because it was a historic day and all.



  5. 5

    That hat has some mad respect.



  6. 6

    That was actually Sarah Palin disguised as Aretha's inaugural hat. See, she was there!



  7. 7

    They'll have to pay her. She can't afford to give anything away for free.



  8. 8

    Love that hat. I thought it looked great on her.

    If she doesn't want to part with it now, she should leave it to the Smithsonian in her will.



  9. 9

    Talk about looking like Butterfly McQueen!



  10. 10

    It's a fucking good hat.



  11. 11

    I want that hat too, but in white to match my outfit.



  12. 12

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    THEY ALSO WANT ONE OF HER OLD TAMPONS TO USE AS A SPACE SHUTTLE LANDING DOCK!!!
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    NICE TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT IS CUTTING BACK!
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  13. 13

    if the smithsonian says they want thehat- give them the damn hat you spoiled fat diva



  14. 14

    Good luck gettin' the coco butter smell outta it.

  15. Argie says – reply to this


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    That's a hard choice mang!!!!



  16. 16

    Re: Novel1 – That's the first ever Butterfly McQueen reference I've ever heard! A tip of the ornate hat to you, my friend.



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  18. 18

    I see a plan behind this madness. Remove all of those horendous examples of fashion and lock them up so they will never see the light of day anymore. For heavens sake, don't forget the black widow dress Michelle was wearing on election night.



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  20. 20

    Re: LG is simply ABSTRACT! – OH LG! THAT WAS NASTY!!! LOL!



  21. 21

    I liked that hat. Better than Michelle's inauguration day dress or her ball gown.



  22. 22

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – TWO FACED WHORE!



  23. 23

    THE ONLY THING FUGLIER THAN THAT HAT IS ARETHAS' FACE!



  24. 24

    Re: harrybalsac – Whiny little girl!



  25. 25

    Re: Jay Nash – WHORE WITH TWO FACES!



  26. 26

    hahahaa and what a hat it was.



  27. 27

    She should give it away, it will have more historical value there than in her house. Love her!



  28. 28

    Re: WTF1964 – Sit on Harry please and thank you!



  29. 29

    Re: Bortë!!!SEMICOLON!!! Petrarchia – It is a fucking good hat!



  30. 30

    That's a fucking big bow!



  31. 31

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – 1+1 faced whore!



  32. 32

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – stupid two faced whore!



  33. 33

    THAT'S RIGHT GIRLFRIEND! DON'T PART WITH THAT HAT! IT MEANS A LOT TO ME TOO!! I SNUCK INTO THE INAUGURATION HIDING UNDER THAT HAT!
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    SERIOUSLY, FOR YOU HATERS OUT THERE WHO DON'T KNOW….IT'S A TRADITION FOR WOMEN IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO WEAR A HUGE FANTASTIC HAT WHEN WALKING INTO A PLACE OF WORSHIP
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    …AND IF THAT INAUGURATION WASN'T CHURCH HONEY….THAN I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!
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    YOU HOLD ON TO THAT HAT MISS FRANKLIN HONEY AND YOU HAVE A BLESSED ASS DAY!!!



  34. 34

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – The rabbit is a 2 faced whore!



  35. 35

    Re: State ziti – Nice shot of Sweetpiece in your pic!



  36. 36

    That thing is disgusting.



  37. 37

    1 + 1 faced whore, lol



  38. 38

    Re: LG is simply ABSTRACT! – OMFG….too much. I laughed so hard, people are looking at me like I'm on crack. Thanks.



  39. 39

    Re: harrybalsac – He who fucks like chicken.



  40. 40

    Re: State ziti – WOW! DON'T GO SOFT ON ME NOW ZIT! POP!



  41. 41

    Give them the damn hat!



  42. 42

    I don't hate anyone. Not even you Puss brain.

  43. Synik says – reply to this


    43

    That is a great hat! I wouldn't have had the guts to wear it, but Aretha did. More power to her.



  44. 44

    What a cheap bitch! Donate the hat already. It's not like you could where it again. It's a tad too memorable for a repeat, dotcha think???



  45. 45

    Take a picture of it and give up the damn hat Aretha. Sheesh.



  46. 46

    It would be valued at $42.00 ( IF ) it had her head in it?



  47. 47

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – #21.
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    THAT'S WHAT THE CREW SAID WHEN THEY STEPPED ON IT!!!
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    LOL!!! TEAM SWEETPIECE!!!
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  48. 48

    It's about what I would expect one of her kind to wear?



  49. 49

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – Awww, Sweetpiece. I like you and your hat. Even though I'm a Repub.



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  51. 51

    the hideous hat matches her fat folds

    she should keep it!



  52. 52

    -
    "AMERICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY"
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    IT'S *JUST* AMERICAN HISTORY.
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    GET OVER YOURSELF, NEGRO.
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  53. 53

    I love Aretha but that hat is ugly!



  54. 54

    It's not surprising Aretha is being so fucking selfish. Keep the hat herself so SHE can enjoy it, or donate it to the Smithsonian so EVERYONE can enjoy it. What a self-centered BITCH.



  55. 55

    That hat was HIDEOUS! My friends/family and I were laughing at it for three hours. Hopefully this is just because it was a momentous day…



  56. 56

    Oh, and how many years does she think she has left? I'm sure she has diabetes and heart disease…give it up, you selfish diva!



  57. 57

    Re: harrybalsac – asswhole count 8



  58. 58

    OMG, I so, so love the church lady hat! LOVES IT!!!! Represent, Motor City! ;)



  59. 59

    Girlfriend, do not listen to the haters, that hat rocked w/ that coat and overall look. Please hold onto it and wear it when we get our next (real) mayor in Motown.



  60. 60

    I know I am boogly but she is the boogliest



  61. 61

    Re: Miss Mottin – ignorant much?

  62. tori says – reply to this


    62

    The morning of the inauguration, I was in my car, trying to get home to see the oath of office. But I was listening on the radio when they announced Aretha Franklin singing My Country Tis Of Thee. The guy says something like "Ms. Franklin is wearing a traditional African hat". After the song, the guy has to come back and say "well, I was wrong, it's not an African hat, it's just a hat with a big bow." Traditional African hat!!! LMAO



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  64. 64

    Selfish BEEYOTCH!!!!



  65. 65

    this is just strange like last star and the spic slave girl who flirt on perezhilton like orchid did before!



  66. 66

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    THE
    SWEET
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    BE
    BEAT!!!
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  67. 67

    Re: The REAL Orchidgirl! – #68.
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    NEW LIPSHADE, DEAR?
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  69. 69

    She should keep it and enjoy it and remember how she kicked ass at the inauguration, and then upon her death donate it to the Smithsonian. What's wrong with that?



  70. 70

    Such a drama queen…



  71. 71

    I've been appreciated the somewhat toned down nastiness of your posts lately….see…it IS okay to report the gossip, make a light joke and be done!



  72. 72

    They shouldn't encourage her.

    By asking for the hat, the Smithsonian is putting their stamp of approval on her hideous taste.



  73. 73

    DAMNED THAT BOBBY BROWN!
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    IF HE HADN'T GOTTEN WHITNEY HOOKED ON SMACK SHE'D STILL BE AT THE TOP OF HER GAME AND WE'D NEVER HAVE TO SEE OR HEAR FROM THIS SQUEALING WARTHOG AGAIN!!!
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  74. 74

    Re: Kimmers – #74.
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    YOU MEAN LIKE THAT, DARLING?
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  75. 75

    Re: LG is simply ABSTRACT! – what do you suggest? harry berry blue balls? or milk me dry red? or dark star felon green? please advise :)



  76. 76

    Re: The REAL Orchidgirl!
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    WHY THE REALLY RASPBERRY ORCHIDGIRL ORCHID BY COTY OF COURSE!
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  77. 77

    damn perez you really must hate the hat, it's all you ever talk about

  78. bead says – reply to this


    78

    "American and African-American history." We will only be past segregation when we can all just admit we are all simply Americans.



  79. 79

    Re: LG is simply ABSTRACT!Re: The REAL Orchidgirl! – Goodnight, and sweet dreams!



  80. 80

    It was a great moment in HUMANITY. Race has absolutely zero to do with it.



  81. 81

    that….is a really big hat.



  82. 82

    Re: LG is simply ABSTRACT! – I really can't stand orchid can we agree on suck me dry big black burgundy?



  83. 83

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – Goodnight beautiful bunny :)



  84. 84

    That's what Americal needs. A stupid worthless horrendous performance by a "Black American Icon", and instead of trying to push that performance under the rug, because it was performed by a "Black Woman", they want to put that rag she was wearing/sporting on her head in the Smithsonian?…God helpl us the majority of America who aren't Black, because for the next 8-years we end up with less money ('gross) than we would have ended up paying/loosing, but for black america saw the opportunity to elect a black man president. And now we're all going to pay for it, the same terrorist behind bars in 'gitmo will kill again (already have X 13 in Iraq), and within 3-years we'll all be paying 30-percent higher income taxes, and gas will be $5.50 a gallon, and the state of Isreal will be in ruens and we'll have to deal with Russia/Iran/China. Who will we have to thank for such madness? Passiffism/Liberals/Democrats/Black people. We're all going to have to pay for the Blacks having annointed a Black man for president, before his second-term even begins. If I can emagine any comfort; it would have to be that no nation would ever elect Joe Biden for president in 8-years: so at least we don't/won't have to worry about that kind of nightmare:) Hey! We have to take our blessings where we can find them now don't we, now that Barac Hussain is president of the United States~



  85. 85

    LOng LIve Aretha Franklin!

    Queen of MoTown, Queen of Soul, the Greatest Singer who Ever Lived!!



  86. 86

    Re: The REAL Orchidgirl! – #85.
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    LG THINKS THAT WOULD BE QUITE ATTRACTIVE ON YOU, DEAR.
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  87. 87

    Re: SWEETPIECE LOVES THE OBAMAS! – #82.
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    Re: The REAL Orchidgirl!
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    GOOD NIGHT DARLINGS!!! LG MUST GET HER BEAUTY REST!!!
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  88. 88

    Re: LG is simply ABSTRACT! – Goodnight and I'm sorry people are mean to you! I want to like everyone but it's too hard so I will speak to those I enjoy! :)
    Rest well!



  89. 89

    I dont know whats uglier… that hat, her face, her voice, or her double chins.



  90. 90

    It makes her look like Aunt Jemima.



  91. 91

    In her world, this a commonly-worn traditional "black church lady's" hat. You are a grotesque ambassador of the gay community; whining about being accepted and respected for "your" differences, but you do not give others the same respect and consideration that you whimper about. Aretha Franklin is an American treasure. You are nothing but a transplanted Cuban pissant.
    [pissant is defined as the urine-like odor produced by the nesting material of ants, and the formic acid that constitutes their venom. In the mainstream culture of the United States, the word generally refers to any small ant that infests a home].
    Sign me ~ Articulate!!!



  92. 92

    hyde30 [IQof56] says: It's not surprising Aretha is being so fucking selfish. Keep the hat herself so SHE can enjoy it, or donate it to the Smithsonian so EVERYONE can enjoy it. What a self-centered BITCH.
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    Keep hyding, chickenshit. This is an American elder; you disrespectful, low-class hillbilly. She suffered her entire life unnecessarily from abuse and racism by a SELFISH, arrogant, black-hearted, unfair, unintelligent America. She wants to savour this flavour in her old age, of black progress, and she has earned that. The black culture has evolved, but you are still the same old selfish, arrogant, black-hearted, crude, unintelligent version of your unsophisticated hillbilly ancestors. You have not evolved. A black man has exceeded you in every way, and your petty little jealousy and insecurity makes the life of you, and all of your ancestors combined, more worthless than either Aretha or Obama. Pity you fool.
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    Sign me ~ a fair, reasonable, white, real Canadian girl.
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  93. 93

    Chelsea [80] says: damn perez you really must hate the hat, it's all you ever talk about
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    Yeah, that homo queer pedophile queen probably dances around in his granny panty underwear and a hat just like it.
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  94. 94

    bead [81] says: "American and African-American history." We will only be past segregation when we can all just admit we are all simply Americans.
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    That is not going to happen as long as arrogant American white men with their small little peni$es continue to teach hated to their brainless sons with the equally small little Peni$es, out of jealousy over the well-endowed genetics of the African ancestoral male.
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    Sign me ~ smarter than Americans
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  95. 95

    Miss Monroe [83] says: It was a great moment in HUMANITY. Race has absolutely zero to do with it.
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    It was a great moment in humanity ~ "because" Obama is the first "black" president in the u.s.a. ~ so race has everything to do with it. You just wrote a full on contradiction.
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    Sign me ~ Perplexed



  96. 96

    To: sandman45 [87]:
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    You are speculating on future performance, without any basis. You are criticizing Obama because he is black, not because he has failed in the duties of the job. You are a full on racist, and that is not acceptable in a progressive country such that you like to brag about. Nowhere is it written in the U.S. Constitution that only white Americans can run for office. In fact, any natural born citizen can hold that post (something you will never achieve). Skin pigmentation has no relationship to intellect and ability. If you want to blame someone of color, blame white bread Bush. He screwed up the entire world economy, and he made a bigger fool of your country at the Olympics than you already were. You should get your facts straight too, or else shut the fuk up, because it was not the black community that voted for Obama just because he is black. In fact, over 65% of the white vote, voted for Obama. You are clearly of the lower class; lacking basic intellect and education. You don't even know how to spell a simple word such as loser. It's not l-o-o-s-e-r. Moron.
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    Sign me ~ Snap!



  97. 97

    I'M GONNA START A NEW PAGE



  98. 98

    TEE HEE! I JUST STARTED A NEW PAGE! I'M "FIRST" I'M ONE HUNDRED AND "FIRST"……….TEE HEE!



  99. 99

    wtf is historic in that hat and that pee-colored dress… ???
    You, american people, have a weird sense of history ! ridiculous !

    (maybe i don't understand 'cos am european)



  100. 100

    Well, at least someone wants it…
    Love Aretha though…

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