Why did People Magazine describe Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Hat as “Infamous”?

aretha's hat
INFAMOUS: 1. for some bad quality or deed.
2.Wicked; abominable: “infamous misconduct”.
Aretha Franklin wore a hat to the first Inauguration of President Obama. I thought she looked great and I saw nothing wrong with her hat. It was a typical church lady hat. It was the kind of hat that you find black women wearing on any given Sunday, but Franklin was joked and mocked for days. Including the Queen of Kindness Ellen DeGeneres, but as we stand a few days away from the 2nd Inauguration I thought the mocking had stopped until I saw People magazine article online this morning. The article was listing the participants in the upcoming presidential festivities and they decided to take another poke at the Queen of Soul. They wrote that Kelly Clarkson has been asked to sing My Country ‘Tis of Thee this time and they said last time that honor went to Aretha Franklin and her “infamous” hat. Words matter and there was nothing infamous about her hat. Sure it was not for everyone, but infamous is the wrong descriptor. This was an unecessary potshot so unworthy of the Queen.

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  • Bill  On January 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Because they were much too polite to call it what it was, hideous.

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