Aretha Franklin‘s family is continuing to speak out about their disappointments with the legendary singer’s funeral service.
The Queen of Soul’s nephew, Vaughn Franklin, released a statement in regards to Rev. Jasper Williams‘ controversial eulogy.
Vaughn said the family felt the eulogy was “offensive and distasteful.”
We found the comments to be offensive and distasteful. Rev. Jasper Williams spent more than 50 minutes speaking and at no time did he properly eulogize her.
My aunt did not ask Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. to eulogize her before she passed away because dying is a topic that she never discussed with anyone.
Our family asked Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. to perform the eulogy because he eulogized our grandfather (Rev. C. L. Franklin), my aunt (Erma Franklin) and my uncle (Cecil Franklin). However, there were several people that my aunt admired that would have been outstanding individuals to deliver her eulogy including Dr. William J. Barber, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Rev. James Holley and Pastor E.L. Branch.
We feel that Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. used this platform to push his negative agenda, which as a family, we do not agree with.
In case you missed it…Rev. Williams said, “Until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves, black lives can never matter.”
He also noted single mothers cannot “raise a black boy to become a man.”
Oh, and he called a household without a father “abortion after birth.”
Mind you…Aretha Franklin was a single parent to four boys.