3. SHE KNOWS HOW SHE SEES HERSELF
There may be folks who snickered when Aretha Franklin said she wanted Halle Berry to play her in her biopic. After all, the two women don’t seem to have that much in common physically and Berry can’t sing. But if they did snicker, they did so privately, since Franklin is well-known for her intolerance of disrespect. But here’s the thing – if you feel like Halle Berry is your choice, then why not? Jamie Foxx don’t look a daggone thing like Ray Charles and he won an Oscar for playing him. A gracious Berry said she didn’t think she had the singing chops to pull it off. We don’t know who else Franklin has in mind, but it’s her life, so let her choose who she wants.
4. SHE KNOWS HOW TO PROTECT HER LEGACY
Beyonce found out the hard way what happens when you don’t give the Queen her royal props. When B performed the Grammys in 2005, she referred to Tina Turner as one of music’s “queens.” Well, homage must be paid to royalty and Franklin bristled at the title “Queen” being applied to Turner. She issued a statement to Grammy organizers saying “I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce. However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy.” The moral of this story – there is only one Queen of Soul and if you don’t know, you better ask somebody.
5. SHE KNOWS HER MUSIC IS TIMELESS
Who can blame Franklin for protecting her legacy? It’s the same thing people get mad at Prince for, when he has his lawyers chasing fans who bootleg his music or post his videos without authorization. Music is something to be shared for sure, but artists like Franklin, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others are understandably protective of their legacy and livelihood. When you’ve made classics that have been part of the collective consciousness for decades, you deserve a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, don’t you think?