The son of Aretha Franklin has hit out at the singer’s upcoming biopic and urged fans to boycott the movie.
Set for release in late 2020 Respect stars Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, after she was handpicked by the singer to tackle the huge role.
But it has failed to garner the support of Franklin’s wider family, after her son Kecalf threatened to boycott it in a lengthy Facebook post.
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“Once again…The Franklin Family (Does Not) support the movie that is in production,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Nor do we support the book ‘The Queen Next Door’!!! Neither entity felt the need to contact the (core) family about anything.”
Kecalf also took issue with the 2019 book The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait, which is thought to have provided inspiration for the movie.
“How can you make a movie about a person and not talk to the person’s sons or grandchildren about important information,” he said.
“How can you put a person’s family in a book and not ask permisssion? If you are a real fan of my mothers…please do not support this. Ask yourself…would you want this done to you. Note: the only person my mother was in favour of for the movie was Jennifer Hudson.”
ONCE AGAIN….. THE FRANKLIN FAMILY (DOES NOT) SUPPORT THE MOVIE THAT IS IN PRODUCTION!!!!! NOR DO WE SUPPORT THE BOOK…
Posted by Eradesent Views on Saturday, January 4, 2020
The movie also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Heather Headley and Mary J. Blige.
The first teaser trailer was released in December 2019 and sees Hudson singing Franklin’s Otis Redding-penned anthem ‘Respect’ while performing on a spotlit stage in front of the word “RESPECT.”
Earlier this year, Aretha Franklin was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, almost a year after her death.