Give Barack Obama Aretha Franklin’s Bow Hat Already!

Show the man a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

We don’t need to tell you this, but the bow hat that Queen of Soul and actual angel Aretha Franklin wore to Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration is the most important hat in modern history. Name a more iconic hat—I’ll wait…

Thought so. Well, since Ms. Franklin wasn’t a fan of having an organized will and testament, her family is still fighting over who gets what, including, it seems, that famous chapeau. But one person who’s arguably equally as famous and iconic as that Swarovski’d masterpiece wants to throw his figurative hat in the ring to call dibs.

The New York Times reports:

In court, though, the sons remain apart. Two of them, Edward and Kecalf, attended a recent hearing, where the judge considered whether to allow a distribution of some personal items as keepsakes to the sons but also to people like Barack Obama, who [David J. Bennett, the primary lawyer for the estate] said has asked for the elaborate silver bow hat that Franklin wore to his first inauguration.

According to the hat’s designer, Luke Song of Mr. Song Millinery, the Queen wanted our president to have it anyway, because Obama was one of the few people she actually liked.

“She told me she wanted it at the Barack Obama Presidential Library, and I think that is exactly where it should be,” Song told Page Six after the legend’s death last year. “[Franklin] loved Obama, I know, and I personally couldn’t think of any better place for it.”

First of all, why is this hat not already in the Smithsonian? It turns out that neither the Smithsonian nor the National Museum of African American History and Culture had any claims on it, despite reports to the contrary following Franklin’s death. Still, that damn hat belongs in a place befitting its glory and significance, and since Aretha’s head is no longer available, Obama should have it.

And considering what his replacement is doing to his legacy, Barry could use a win.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat