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Tue Sep 4, 2018, 10:29 AM

Aretha Franklin's eulogy was 'offensive and distasteful,' family says

Source: Reuters

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 / 2:07 AM / UPDATED 8 HOURS AGO

Aretha Franklin's eulogy was 'offensive and distasteful,' family says

(Reuters) - Members of Aretha Franklin’s family felt the eulogy for the Queen of Soul delivered by a pastor at her funeral last week was “offensive and distasteful”, they said on Monday.

Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., the pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, spent his time at the podium raising social issues he said were critical to the black community.

Williams used the “platform to push his negative agenda” which Franklin’s family “does not agree with,” family members said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

“We found the comments to be offensive and distasteful,” the family said. “Rev. Jasper Williams spent more than 50 minutes speaking and at no time did he properly eulogize her.”

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Williams, picked because of past eulogies for family members, said in his remarks that single black mothers alone could not raise black boys to become men and that black lives would not matter “until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves.”

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 10:42 AM

1. I've always said that a funeral is not the place to proselytize

It should be a time of positive reflection to help ease the pain of those loved ones the dearly departed left behind.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 10:51 AM

2. I have seen many preachers talk more about themselves

than the person they are supposed to be eulogizing. Sad and Typical.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 10:52 AM

3. Sigh, more fodder for faux news

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 10:59 AM

4. Well,

Trump would have been "offensive and distasteful" to the power of 18 or so.

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