It was wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Aretha Franklin yesterday with obituaries and tributes. In amongst all those stories were a couple of gems.
Aretha was not a Trump fan
According to The Daily Beast, Aretha regularly bashed Donald Trump in private and refused an invitation to his inauguration.
One source close to Franklin told The Daily Beast that after the election, she confided to associates that “no amount of money” could convince her to perform at the inauguration. Another knowledgeable source described her as “despising” everything he stood for, and as an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter.
Fox confused her with Patti LaBelle
When Fox got word of Aretha’s death, they used a photo of Patti LaBelle in their tribute. Oops.
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— Zachary Pleat (@zpleat) August 16, 2018
There’s an Asteroid Named Aretha
It’s officially called 249516 Aretha and was spotted by a telescope in Mexico.
And if you’re still in the dark why Aretha has received so much attention, listen to this BBC documentary on her life and legacy.