Several members of Aretha Franklin’s family aren’t happy with Nat Geo’s bio-series about the late Queen of Soul.
Aretha’s granddaughter Grace Franklin posted a TikTok video, saying, "This movie’s got to go." She explains, "It’s hard to get an accurate depiction of anyone’s life without speaking to the ones closest to them." She says her family reached out to the channel -- only to have their outreach rejected. Accordingly, "The immediate family [does] not support this film and we ask that you also do not support this film, as we feel extremely disrespected, and we feel there will be many inaccuracies about my grandmother’s life.
Kecalf Franklin, Grace’s father, told Rolling Stone, "What we’ve found out in the past is that usually when people don’t want to work with you, that is a prelude to some type of unprofessional behavior or a prelude to some type of untruth or slander, so we’re not quite sure where we’re going to see in this series."
Franklin also indicated a member of the family was working with the cable channel on the series, but later resigned raising issues with the family.
Nat Geo indicated they "worked with many people who knew Ms. Franklin — from Clive Davis to members of her family’s estate — to make sure we told her story in an honest and authentic way."
The series, starring Cynthia Erivo, debuted Sunday night. (Entertainment Tonight Canada)
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