The Queen of Soul was reportedly the Queen of Rude during a recent performance of The Color Purple on Broadway.
According to Page Six, Aretha Franklin gave zero respect to the performers on stage, which included Jennifer Hudson, by arriving late and then taking photos in the middle of the performance.
Theatergoers were reportedly miffed with the Queen until they realized who she was, at which point they promptly apologized to her.
Page Six reports via Playbill writer Brandon Voss, who was sitting in the same row:
“She arrived a few minutes late with four bodyguards. One to sit in front, one behind, and one on either side. The prime orchestra seat in front of her was empty,” entertainment writer Brandon Voss posted to Facebook friends.
Then, “During the opening number she began taking photos on her phone, lifting it high and proud, much to the murmuring disgust of those around us,” Voss reported. Then an “older white lady” in the audience began “gesturing wildly for her to put down the phone, letting her bodyguard know it wasn’t allowed.”
That’s when an usher arrived, and “It took her an eternity, but she finally shut it down.”
Voss claims Franklin accused him of not sitting in the right seat, asked to check his ticket, and made the entire row exit to one side of the aisle after the performance finished because she was not going to move for anyone.
Aretha’s rep confirmed to Page Six that she “attended the show with a party of six” and that they didn’t “have any knowledge of her taking photos during the show.”
Say what you will but this diva card was clearly EARNED! Use it up, mama!