On Saturday, it was reported that Aretha Franklin was VERY rude during a performance of Broadway's The Color Purple. Ugh!
Apparently, the Queen of Soul showed up late for the show and snapped pics on her phone when she was first seated.
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Entertainment writer Brandon Voss took to Facebook and noted:
"She arrived a few minutes late with four bodyguards. One to sit in front, one behind, and one on either side. The prime orchestra seat in front of her was empty. During the opening number she began taking photos on her phone, lifting it high and proud, much to the murmuring disgust of those around us… [A guest] gesturing wildly for her to put down the phone, letting her bodyguard know it wasn't allowed."
Eventually an usher was able to convince the icon to put her phone away. Yikes!
Nonetheless, the guest who complained about Miz Franklin's picture taking realized who the unruly audience member was and APOLOGIZED to the diva. What??
The source continued:
"Then shortly before the second act starts, after being approached by many fans, she accuses me of not being in the right seat and wants to check my ticket. She doesn't recognize me . . . [m]aybe because I was on time? I didn't think my mouth could open that wide…finally, after the show was over, her bodyguards asked our whole row to file out the other side because Aretha was just going to sit and chill. I have no problem with any of this, quite frankly. #RESPECT."
We're glad the audience handled the situation well — we're not sure we'd be able to deal with it! The 73-year-old's rep commented:
"Aretha attended the show with a party of six . . . I don't have any knowledge of her taking photos during the show."
Still, maybe Aretha was snapping pics in order to scope out Jennifer Hudson to play her younger self in a biopic.
We wouldn't be shocked! What do you think of Aretha's behavior??
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