FOF #2642- A Madonna Style Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aug 23, 2018 · 2502 views

A big reason why you always saw Aretha carrying a purse onstage is because she required promoters to pay her in cold hard cash or she wouldn’t sing.

Madonna’s in hot water again for ruining another celebrity tribute at the MTV Video Music Awards. Adorned in jewelry from her children’s home country of Malawi, Madonna presented the Video of the Year Award, and much like her tribute to Prince turned it into a story of herself. The tribute quickly went off the rails as Madonna told the audience how Aretha Franklin’s song Natural Woman spared her from “being mistaken for a prostitute” living above a crack house in New York City.

Today the hilarious Matt Brown joins us to take a look at the life and music of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin – her infamous feuds with Patti Labelle and Dionne Warwick, her insistence on being pad in cold hard cash and why she didn’t leave a will.


Designer Luke Song talks about Aretha’s iconic Obama Inauguration hat.

Fausto Fernós makes his debut as a reality TV bear on Camp Wannakiki.

It’s the end of an era: the Feast of Fun car that drove hundreds of entertainers including some of the best known drag queens has died in a small town in Canada.


  1. colaboy29 says:

    Thanks, Fausto! Loved you on the latest episode of Camp Wanakiki. How long does it take to get that glitter out of your beard? I hope on the next season you and Marc become camp employees or maybe the mascot!

    Sorry to hear about your car. I’ve chipped in some munty towards a replacement.

    And why not pic of Matt in the episode banner? Or does he look just like Aretha? 😉

  2. dinodude says:

    Hey Marc and Fausto. Sorry to hear that the car died, and in of all places, Brantford. The town is kind of famous for all kinds of things (apart from being the last resting place of your Cinderella coach. Many famous people are from that town, including Wayne Gretzky (hockey player) and Phil Hartman (Simpsons). The actor who played Tonto is from there too. Plus Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone while living there in his father’s manor house (which is not mentioned in the American history books). The electron microscope was invented there also. Brantford is an odd little town in strange location, but it does have a lot to boast about.

  3. dinodude says:

    I just got sucked into an episode of Camp Wannakiki. I knew it would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be so engrossing! I’m off to bed a little later than planned. And yes Fausto, you make a very cute bear.

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