Days after Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was laid to rest, the controversy surrounding the eulogy delivered by the Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. continues.
Williams made media headlines and caused a splash on social media after he was accused of hijacking the legendary singer’s eulogy, and turning it instead into a nearly hour-long rant about Black social issues.
For close to an hour, Williams railed against single black women raising sons, Black on Black crime and even criticized the parenting of the late Rev. C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father.
Attendees of the service were reportedly appalled, as were many fans of the singer who watched the service from home.
“I want to speak on behalf of the Franklin family as it relates to the comments that Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. made on Friday during my aunt’s [Aretha Franklin] Celebration of Life service on Friday, August 31,” Aretha’s nephew, Vaughn Franklin, said in a statement. “We found the comments to be offensive and distasteful”.
Aretha’s family also denied that Aretha would have approved such a controversial and off-subject sermon.